• Lacing Up at 60,  Midlife Women,  Women Running

    Why I Started Running Again and What’s Different This Time

    I quietly began running again after a few months hiatus and have actually done a couple of races. Am excited, re-energized and happy about this. So, what’s changed and why do I think I’ll be more successful this time around? As you can read in earlier blogs, I started and midway through my training for a full marathon I quit. Several changes have been made–both in my mind, where it all begins, and in my life.   I realized that my plan wasn’t bulletproof and things happen. Life happened and I fell off my plan; my running buddy had an accident and needed surgery, so she no longer was running;…

  • Beyond 40 Achievers,  Lacing Up at 60,  Motivation,  Women Running

    What I Learned from Quitting

    In my last blog post, I shared how and why I recently quit training for an upcoming marathon. Now that I’m past the internal drama of what I felt was a personal failure and what lead up to my decision, I can actually see a few things I learned. Next time I’m going to do things differently. Lesson 1.   Initial motivation fades faster than I expected. I realized I can’t motivate myself for long periods of time. And I’m guessing, neither can most people. That first push of excitement or the strong pull of the vision of a better life, the dream achieved, book written, or finish line crossed,…

  • Lacing Up at 60,  Midlife Women,  Women Running

    What Happened and Why I Quit

    It’s been a decision in the making the past three weeks.   I knew things just weren’t right. I had a gnawing feeling in my gut, and my thoughts were quietly eroding my psyche as I struggled before I decided. I didn’t want to be a quitter (who does?) and fail at something I started so enthusiastically a few months ago. In the beginning, I was so excited and motivated– what happened? My program obviously didn’t work, my self-talk didn’t keep me inspired, and the books didn’t have the right answers. I fell off the track and now I feel like a failure. For a couple weeks, I didn’t share…