That is how many days until my next half marathon. I know I said I was going to start running in the spring – and that would be the easiest plan. But this morning I signed up for a half marathon in April.
It is the same one I ran this year. This may seem really silly but this year was the first year of this race, I would really like to say 30 years from now that I’ve completed this race every year since it began. Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
Also, now I have a reason – motivation that I paid for – to get out and run. I need motivation. I KNOW I will feel better when I run but it is hard sometimes to get out that door.
It will be hard because BigP is getting ready to go back on rotating shift work, so I can’t do the same training plan I did last time. I will have to do long runs on different days, different time, etc. This year I did my long runs early on Saturdays – before the sun came up. This year I may do them mid-day or night. I may have to ask relatives to keep the kids. I may have to pump so LittleP will have milk – we will have to get her used to a bottle (by the time I’m doing really long runs she will be over six months so maybe we skip straight to a sippy cup?). I may have to push one or two of the kids in a stroller.
Whatever it takes, right?
192 days seems like a long time. But I haven’t run since April 26th. I’ve gained weight since then.
The good news is that I’m not pregnant (and do not plan on being) so training and the race should theoretically be much easier this time. That’s something.
Time to wipe the dust off of my scale and log into MyFitnessPal app, put on my big girl panties and lace up the running shoes.