NYC Marathon Training Week #10

Marathon training. It’s happening. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m having a hard time being motivated, which was the same problem I had during Ottawa training. I do so much of my running solo, I think I need a training group to take me to the next level.

My week was fine, if uneventful. I got my workouts in: four runs, two Nike sessions, one swim. I’m not as fast as I should be, but have a hard time finding reasons to care. (I’ll care on race day.) I miss yoga. My stomach was a jerk all week. The revelation these past two weeks, however, has been basketball.

I love it. An obscene amount. More than I ever thought I would. My relationship with basketball is a weird one, and one I’ve overthought too much over the past 10 years. The university I chose to go to I chose for three reasons: the first-year program looked amazing, the school was in Halifax, and I could play university basketball. I played for two years. It was a huge part of my life. Then it stopped, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. The first time I played – after it dominating my life from the ages of 13 to 19 – I was out of shape. I signed up for a rec league in grad school and it kicked my ass so hard. I hated it, and became convinced that playing basketball wasn’t a thing I was supposed to do anymore.

I’m in shape now. I’m 10 years removed from university bball. I’m 7 years removed from my last rec league. I knew I needed to get over these weird feelings. I chose the easiest, least intense league I could find. But what it has done is reminded me why I chose an education partially formed by a need to play a sport. Why I skipped so many pivotal university¬†experiences because I had practice or a game or needed to get in weight training. Why I wrote essays on buses. Sports are fun. Basketball is fun. Fitness is fun.

This is a feeling I’ve never had with running.

I like racing, don’t get me wrong. And I think running will always be part of my fitness life. But what this league has reminded me is that I need to find fitness activities that are fun, that I enjoy, that are more about the calories burned or the miles ran, in order to truly embrace living a fit life.

Or maybe I’m just high on being one of the better players on my team. That hasn’t happened since I was 17.

Basketball is the best.

 

 

6 thoughts on “NYC Marathon Training Week #10

  1. John M. says:

    Erin:

    Find a running group. There are many to choose from.

    You have inspired me to look to add a sport to my routine but I am not sure which one.

    John

    • Erin says:

      YES TO A RUNNING GROUP! And sports!

      Are you in TO? If so, any suggestions for a running group? I ran with lululemon for a while and it was okay. I’d do it again if I could make my schedule work.

  2. Ann-Marie says:

    Love that you love basketball so much! I didn’t play many sports as a kid so didn’t get that “team” experience but I play rec. softball and volleyball now as an adult and its THE BEST. I’m glad training is going ok for you even if its hard to be motivated. I’ve got three weeks until the STWM and finished the last super f-ing long run on Sunday. Bring on the taper. Then bring on the rest.

    Oh, and since I’ve been running with a group I’ve improved so much. It also keeps me accountable. Go Running Room!

    • Erin says:

      YES! There’s something about the working out where the working out isn’t the primary focus that is so fun and necessary and you don’t get from running.

      YAY FOR THE TAPER!

      We will meet during STWM. It will happen. I’m organizing the cheer station at km 23. Should be a good day!

  3. JK says:

    Also in winter we will go back to playing squash. Which is trick exercise too.

    Also also: you two can meet. I am the person who can make this happen. Erin, maybe AM’s husband and I will crash your cheer station!

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