A few years ago, just before my 30th birthday, I decided to start running as a way to get fit and stay healthy. Since then, my running has been up and down - at best, running 10km, and once even 15km; at worst, going for months at a time not running at all. At the moment, the roller coaster is on it's way up. I ran 5km on Monday, and 6.5km on Wednesday. I'm considering going for a run tomorrow morning at about 6am. (I usually run at around 9am, after the boys have gone to school). And I'm hoping to get back up to 10km in the next few weeks.
One of the things I'm contemplating at the moment is the fact that although I quite happily run alone, it would be nice to have other people to run with. Not just for social reasons, but also because they would spur you on to run faster and further, and help with setting, training for, and reaching personal goals. It's always good to have goals, right?
There doesn't appear to be any running groups that head out at 9am (except on weekends) - they're all early morning (hence the 6am trial run tomorrow) or in the early evening, which is unsuitable for me both because running at that time makes me ill, and I have children to feed and put to bed. So do I want to get into the habit of going to bed early (which will probably annoy Deane) in order to get up and head out at 5.45am so I can run with other people? Or do I continue to run alone?
The other thing I'm contemplating is whether or not to enter events - not to win (clearly! I'm far too slow!) but just to participate. The idea appeals, but when you're running alone, and there's nobody at the finish line to cheer you on (at least nobody you know), is there any point? For me, it would be a form of motivation - a reason to run during the week, a goal to work towards. But other than that, it seems a little pointless. Pay money to run with a bunch of strangers who are going to get in your way at the start, and beat you to the finish line? Hmm... But then, I'm thinking that I'd like to do the quarter marathon again this year (see reasons above), and there are three events leading up to that - a 6km, 7km and 8km - designed to be 'training races' for the QM. Or I could just enter the 5km fun run rather than the QM, and just try to get a good time. I don't know. Damn my indecisiveness!!
Side note: Just so you know, this rambling post is my way of avoiding knitting the Rossling socks that are taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Which seems silly because a) I like knitting, and b) the Ravellenics finishes in a few days and I'm running out of time to get them done, and finish knitting the Bellevue sweater as well. So I really should be knitting more, not less. Stupid brain, fixating on pointless circular dilemmas...
Right, I'm off to knit again. Feel free to (please please please do!!) leave a comment, with your thoughts on what I should do re running. Join a group? Continue to run alone? Enter events? Or not? I need some help to decide.
Please and thank you.