So this spring, I attempted to set myself up for success. I realized what I was missing here out in the woods was a community of folks to cheer me on. So I asked friends to sign up for a week to be my check in person. Their job was to make sure that I was working out and eating. This was a humbling experience as many folks came forward to take the job for a week at a time. The cheerleader part of this plan worked splendidly. I did not.
A few weeks in, I caught a cold and/or had some serious allergies, so that put me out for over a week. Around the same time, the crazy pace of camp came back, which made running more of a challenge. The nail in the coffin was some rain. I run on trails, by myself, and I slip when there is no mud. I didn't want to hurt myself, and have to get myself home.
So, what did I learn this time around?
1. I have pretty awesome friends who send me food (literally) and play lists, and support me when I need it most.
2. Spring is NOT a good time for me to try to get into a running habit again.
3. I know this is silly, but I forget to eat all the time. This fall, this must be the primary goal.
I'm going to do this again in the fall, complete with cheerleaders and a race to run. Summer is not the time for me to do this for oh so many reasons. Hopefully, trying this again in the fall will be better.