Hey Jealousy! Monster Dash Half Update

So I’ve mentioned this a few times..but I’m signed up for the Monster Dash Half for October 26. However, I never started a training plan because I signed up semi-last minute.

Screenshot Jealousy*This is not me. This is what I found on instagram. And my heart sank. I wish I was tough enough to casually get 13 miles on a treadmill before work. However I am 99% sure that will never be me.

Earlier in the week friends who do have a training plan, mentioned that they completed 9 miles. I was so jealous. Last week I did 2 – 30 minute runs. And they felt good. I like running. I like moving my body, sweating, and having time to myself. However my knees have been bugging me this week, so I’m worried that if I tried to run 9 miles right now my knees would be so angry I wouldn’t be able to do the half!

Screenshot JealousI am not trying to rob anyone of their running happiness, or feel guilty for being able to have fast, pain-free miles. However I would really like to be able to join their ranks.

Please tell me I’m not alone in this running jealousy.

And since I won’t be breaking any records during the Monster Dash Half, I need costume ideas! What should I dress up as to distract myself??

25 Comments

  1. That last quote you posted is so, so true. I saw a girl running while I was walking to work this morning, and I kept thinking that I hope she knew how lucky she was to be gliding along NOT in pain. Although I guess that’s the thing – you never know where someone is, whether or not they are in pain, how much they train…I get jealous, too, but I try not to compare myself to other runners. It would drive me up the wall, and make me really sad.

  2. I am in the same boat as you!!! When I did the woman rock half I walked a ton!!! I just wasn’t prepared like I wanted to be. My mom on the other hand ran it in an hour and a half!! So jealous. I don’t think I will ever be at her level though.

  3. I just started doing my workouts in the morning and my morning runs are SO much harder than later in the day so 13 before work is impressive! Hopefully one day I can wake up enough for that!

  4. Spring time here in Australia and I’ve started my annual fitness regime. Hopefully it will last longer than a couple of weeks. I keep searching for inspiration to reach the levels of fitness like yourself:)

  5. My runs have been soo tough lately, but I always just think , hey i’m still running! Mad props on tackling your first half! I may sign up for one next month after mine fell through this month. And I would dress all in black like a thief so you can run like you stole it! Haha!

  6. You want to run and do a lot in spite of pain. You have ambition and drive and goals and no excuses. Hold your head high, chica. You’re young and have a lot of time to get to a place where you can rock out a half-marathon before work. There are people out there sprawled out on the couch with no intention of ever participating in physical activity and worse-those who want to but are afraid they will fail. You’re doing great and are very inspiring to many.

    1. I do usually ice my knees after, but the issue I have is that my knees ache all the time! i saw a dr last spring, and it sounds like my outer thigh muscles pull my kneecaps out, so I need to strengthen my inner thighs. ah! I think I’m going to go as a lady bug, it sounds equally easy!

  7. oooh, i was thinking about doing monster dash but decided against it at the last minute. i’ve only done 1 5k and it was pretty rough for me ๐Ÿ™‚ excited to see what you decide to dress up as ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Congrats on signing up for the Monster Dash! I have a few friends doing it too, can’t wait to hear how it goes.
    As for the running envy, I think everyone is guilty of it. But if you stop and think about it, there is always going to be someone faster than you…and there will always be someone slower than you. We tend to compare ourselves to people who can run farther or quicker than us. In reality, we should really be thankful that we are able to run. I work in a few different gyms around Duluth, and I see people in wheel chairs coming in to work on their upper body, but they cannot run or walk or use the bikes or elliptical. I feel so guilty for complaining that I couldn’t knock out a four mile run when they cannot even run. Or the other day, I helped a blind woman to the treadmill so she could walk on it. It really made me more thankful that I am able to run in the first place. Sure we all have good days and bad days exercising, but being happy with how you are is important. Just remember, there are always faster and slower people than you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Wow! So true! Helping the blind woman on a treadmill would be such an amazing thing to experience and give me a better perspective! Have you been to evolve studio yet? I’m hoping to sneak up this weekend and finally take a class!

  9. That race sounds fun!

    I get running jealousy too. I can get the miles in, but I feel so slow! I just try to remember that I’m doing MY best … and no one can take that from me. It’s tough some days, I’ll admit. But the important thing is that we’re out there, and we’re doing it!

    There’s always that phrase “You’re lapping everyone on the couch!” (I kind of hate that phrase … I don’t know why).

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