As you may know if you’ve read my posts for a while, my wife Jan and I have run a few half-marathons. We don’t consider ourselves “runners,” but just really enjoy the experience.
Our last one was in September 2011 at Virginia Beach, when Jan’s knees sort of fell apart on her (I did a post on that here). After that, we’ve done very little running, and very little exercise of any kind.
It’s really easy to fall off the wagon, isn’t it? And it can happen with anything: a passion you have, a hobby, a job, even relationships.
So, we’ve sort of been hibernating fitness-wise most of the winter. Some of that was because legitimate reasons, some of it was just not bloody feeling like doing anything about it.
But the other day we were out on the Baltimore-Annapolis trail near where we live, volunteering at a water station for a marathon being run on the trail, and that’s where Jan and I both got some inspiration to get our butts back in gear and get moving again. While we wouldn’t have run in that particular race (it’s a bit cold for us, yet!), watching those men and women out there made us want to get back into it again. In short, those people inspired us.
There were young folks, including a number of cadets from the Naval Academy, up through some folks older than my parents, chugging right along through 26.2 miles.
Now, the only full marathon I ever plan to enter is the Marine Corps Marathon, as 26.2 miles is just a bit too far to contemplate. But I’m up for 13.1, a half marathon, which was described once as “half the distance, twice the fun.” And you know, it’s really true!
But the key is, get inspired! If you feel like you’re just sort of settling into the blahs about something, whatever it may be, consciously look around for something to do, see, or get involved in that will inspire you and rekindle your passion. Don’t just give it up or let what you enjoy become a chore!