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So after posting my training plan, someone commented about how I wasn’t running enough nor reaching my full potential. At first when I got this comment I was a little baffled and upset. I thought I explained pretty thoroughly about why I was using the plan I was using and my reasoning behind it. Of course I would love to be able to run more, but working 60 hours a week, having friends and family and also having to keep myself sane, doesn’t allow for an abundance of running time, and I’m more than okay with that. That’s why I came up with the plan I made.

As for not reaching my full potential. That’s probably true. It’s funny, because sometimes when I’m out running, well most of the time when I’m out running, I get lost in really deep thought. My mind just wanders away and it’s like I pick it back up when I’m done running. I have to remind myself sometimes that I’m not the runner I once was. I did the whole running is my life thing for four years. I worked HARD. I trained about 20 hours a week. I think that’s when I was at my ‘full potential’ and guess what. I’m a LONG way from that now. I enjoy leisurely running. I enjoy running for fun. I don’t enjoy hitting times and over analyzing everything I am training for and running so hard I throw up. Those days are in my past. They were fun. Running fast is fun. It took me a lot to get to a place where I’m okay with my times and not going out and running as hard and as fast as I can every single run. I just can’t do that anymore. I may not be at my full potential, but for me, my definition of success is being healthy and enjoying life. If I’m doing that, then I’m good.

So many people ask me about Boston. I want to go sure. I want to run Boston. But I’ve never had this incredible drive like so many have, and I think you must have, to qualify. I almost feel like I worked that hard before in High School and now I’m happy to be where I’m at. Once I broke four hours, it was my Boston moment. It was all I ever wanted. I may break four hours again, I may not, but I’m happy with where I am at running wise. I have good runs and bad runs, but they all make me a stronger person in the end and that’s all that matters.

I was thinking yesterday while on my 6 miler, it’s been almost TEN YEARS since I got my 5k PR. I was in HIGH SCHOOL. You know what, I worked so hard for that and I’m okay that I will never be that fast again. My most recent 5k PR was over 2 minutes slower. That’s more than okay! I’m not okay with the fact that it was almost 10 years ago! Snikes I’m getting old!

I don’t know, that comment just made me think about a lot of things. I do this for me. I run for me. I don’t care what your time is, I don’t hate my faster friends for being faster than me. My slower friends don’t hate me because I’m faster. As long as they are working hard, doing something that they want to, who cares! If they are having fun and enjoying themselves, who cares! If you are getting off the couch and doing yoga, great for you! If you are walking 2 miles a day in your tone up shoes, keep up the good work! If you are running an 8 hour marathon, good for you for finishing. It’s all about movement, fitness and doing things that make you happy.

I purposefully scheduled my plan around Bachelor night with my roommate on Mondays. Because it’s something fun and I just have cardio that day and I can enjoy watching the show. Seriously. That’s what my life has become and I love it! I love working out, but there is a fine line in my life where working out becomes a burden and I don’t like it anymore. I don’t want it to get to that point. I want to enjoy it, so therefore, do what YOU like. Don’t worry about what other people might say if it takes you forever to cross the finish line, at least you did it.

And that my friends is deep thoughts while running.


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  • Reply Jaime

    Thank you, Danica!! I’m running my first half marathon next Sunday, and I’ve been a nervous wreck about it… Until I found your blog! You’ve made me realize that it’s OKAY to run just because you love to do it, and not to beat a time or to prove anything to anybody. Your reviews on products have definitely helped me out too! Keep up the great work… I’m officially addicted to your blog!!

    January 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply abbi

    This is a good post. Personally, if running becomes a job, there is no point to doing it. I like this because it’s fun. Sure, it’s nice to challenge myself to a point but I like having a life other than running too.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Erin F

    Good for you, girl. I applaud you for the ballsy response to a downer comment. I also applaud you for scheduling runs around the bachelor (b/c I do that too :P)

    January 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Karleen

    I love this post! I started running 10 years ago & ran my first marathon in 2002. I’ve since tried to run one a year. But after a while, I found I just got burned out. One my fastest marathons was when I didn’t put my all into my training and had a life too. I think removing the pressure & stress of aiming for a certain time made me enjoy running so much more. You hit it on the head with doing what is right for you, kudos!

    January 10, 2011 at 6:43 am
  • Reply chacha

    I personally like the 3 run workout. I do a 3-4 run workout because it keeps me motivated to have 3 quality, faster runs, over lots and lots of miles. AND with that kind of training the last year I have shaved of 15 minutes off my half marathon time (2:04:51 to 1:47:18 (downhill course)). So I think your plan is good!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Melissa

    You do you, girl. Love this post. :)

    January 10, 2011 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Ashley

    This is my first time reading your blog, and I love this post. It’s refreshing to see someone not afraid to not only know what they want and to then do what works for them. I find this very inspirational to me as someone who is just starting out. I see all these blogs of awesome runners- some with these crazy intense training plans that I wouldn’t even try to emulate! Keep up the great work. I’ll def be back!

    January 10, 2011 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Jason

    Very well said. I’m kind of the same way in that I wish I could spend a little more time running but still got to balance work, family, friends, and other activities. I enjoy running since I started about 1.5 years ago (which I never thought I would because I had never run prior to that). This is about same time I started reading your blog and it’s always refreshing to read your posts such as this one. Thanks again!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:31 am
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  • Reply Lizzy

    I love love this post!! Agree with everything you wrote. Yes we could all be amazing runners if we had no other life. And I totally hear you about already having your “Boston” moment. Crossing that finish line was my Boston moment. Now I try to run for the enjoyment of it and if I PR, even better but I won’t beat myself up over it : )

    January 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Nelly

    Great post! I ran in high school too, and running back then felt somewhat like a job because of the grind of daily practices and weekly meets. I liked it and was good at it, but it definitely was a grind sometime. Maybe that’s why I only ran for 2 years after high school, then ended up taking about 8 years off from competitive running until 2008, now I’m back all in on running competitively. Though I don’t want to go back to the thoughts of dreading certain practices, because it then feels like a job. I guess I need to just use moderation, which is maybe why I still treat the winter months as sort of my offseason to recharge my batteries both mentally and physically.

    I loved this quote you used “Don’t worry about what other people might say if it takes you forever to cross the finish line, at least you did it.”

    January 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Very well said.

    The one thing I love about running is that you don’t do it for anyone else. You don’t have to worry about a team. You only have to make yourself happy. You define your own “Boston.”

    January 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    I adore your words in this post.

    January 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Nicki

    Danica, finally catching up on your blog after having been out of town. LOVE this post! I finished my first marathon a week ago and it took me 5 hours 40 minutes. I was a little down about it, but a year ago I could barely run 4 miles. I’ve come a long way since then. We’re all on our own journey!

    Also, I love the Bachelor too! I used to watch it with my roommates – so much fun!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply RoadBunner

    Great post! I think that whatever you get out of the sport should first make you happy. For me, I like a mix of for-fun, time-be-damned races, and the occasional hard effort. I couldn’t do just one of the two all the time or I’d feel off balance. 2010 in general was my year of going with the flow since I did a lot of PR chasing in 2009.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm
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