Monday, December 10, 2012

Overachieving and harsh realizations

I have these big dreams and goals of completing and accomplishing certain races.

I tend to take on more than I can handle, especially when it comes to training for events.  I have race after race, run after run until March.  I didn't really realize how much I have planned until someone mention, are you racing every weekend?  Well, sort of...

I had these BIG dreams of doing the Croom 50k and Augusta HIM 70.3
I have been toying with these ideas for about 6 months now, and I have no doubt I can physically complete them.  I then realized how much more training would need to go into a HIM.  I would need to do two a days.  When did I ever think I would have time for that?  I can't even complete my scheduled runs now.  

Right now, my marathon training plan was given to me through team in training and I believe was a little too ambitious for my schedule.  I have two medium long runs during the weeks, which now, are 9 miles.  I think to myself, this takes me almost two hours.. so coming up at 7, impossible.  Next training cycle, more realistic plan will be made and will incorporate speed because one day, I would love to qualify for Boston!

Back to Croom and Augusta, I think I am officially burnt out.  I want a social life!  I want to run because I want to, not because I have a training run.  I think I am saying goodbye to running Croom and doing Augusta in 2013, but there is always 2014.  Not to mention, a tri is very expensive and I certainly do not have the money at this time to invest in the proper training and equipment.  I am so thankful for the friends along the way to help me out this far.  

I want to be proud of my race and know I have done all that I could do :)

Will I have a change of heart in the next few weeks once Goofy is over?  It is possible, but I am staying away from the "Register Now" button for a while, until I am 100% sure I have the time and the energy.  

So what is up next?

Dec. 15 The color run
December 21- 10 miles
December 22- 20-22 Miles
January 12 DIsney Half Marathon
January 13 Disney Full Marathon
January 27 ING Miami Full or Half Marathon
February 9- Mud Run
February 17 Donna 26.2 or Half?- Possible with Meghan
February 24 Disney Princess  Half Marathon with Meghan, Tori, Caitlyn
March 9- Gate River run with my best friend Jamie
March 17- Sarasota Half Marathon (Hoping for a PR)

What runs are you planning?  How do you get motivated again?


  1. A half and a full back to back?! You are a rock star! Your schedule looks tough but fun! I took this month "off". This past year I trainined more than all my other years of running combined. I want a fresh mind before I start marathon training again in Jan. Reading about other people's races keeps me motivated. I can wait to hear about yours and Meghans up coming marathons!

  2. You and I really are feeling the same. I have wanted to sign up for a lot because I feel like I haven't been able to do anything. But my body keeps reminding me that it doesn't want to be pushed so hard so I am taking my comeback slow. Hang in there lady, I think you are making some good decisions!

  3. You're a beast already Genna! You've done so much this year and it's definitely a good idea to listen to your gut when you're feeling overwhelmed. I have so many aspirations too, but there is not a way to feasibly do them all without burning out! I want to keep enjoying my races and hopefully stay away from injury! Sarasota Half sounds like something I may look into. :)

  4. You've got some great races lined up for early 2013! I agree with Beka about listening to your gut. This decision is not an easy one to make and it sounds like you've given it a lot of thought and made a wise decision.


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