I am going to do the unthinkable, well… for me anyway.
I am going to run consistently, for the next few months, without a race on my calendar.
I’m not the greatest at running and training regularly without something to motivate me. I’ve written about it time and time and time again. But, friends, it is about time I shake off this funk and shoot for the stars.
Running with an anxiety disorder comes with it’s own set of problems. Fear of failure, lack of drive, and sheer mental & physical exhaustion from battling with your own thoughts all day. However, running – or any sort of exercise – can help keep my generalized anxiety in check, along with medication and therapy.
I’m setting my own course, armed with will and determination (and grace, too), towards mental and physical health.
What am I doing, you ask?
I am setting out to run a personal best time for a 10 kilometre run. No, I don’t have a race in mind. I’m giving myself lots of time to build back up my base (for the zillionth time), aiming for another sub-60 minute 10k treadmill run sometime in February 2018. That gives me four whole months of fun runs. And if I don’t get it done in February? Then I try again and again and again, running along the path to happiness.
I’m starting out slow – with three 40 minute runs a week – then building it out to tempo and pace runs to beat the boredom. Mixed with a couple of days of strength training and tons of mindfulness along the way, I’m hoping to become the healthiest version of myself – mentally and physically – without the imposing deadlines of having a race on the docket.
I’ll, obviously, be documenting my journey to beat my 10k time (currently my records is 59:16) here on my blog and on my Instagram page with the hashtag #littleanxious10k
I’m using Gipis (there’s a website and an app available for iOs) to ease me in and keep my accountable.
Wanna join along with me? What’s your happy running goal? Run your first 5k or 10k? Run a certain speed? Let’s do it together. Connect with me 🙂