My Running Truth: Running Is Not Easy For Me 95% Of The Time

Hiya, I’m Lacey! Most would describe me as a creative, firecracker, adrenaline junkie and wanderluster, but I am also an introvert by nature. It is a delicate balance to maintain. I’m an 18+ year military spouse and mommy to a miracle baby, a 15-year-old daughter. We currently live in New Mexico but Uncle Sam is finally taking us back home to Texas in the next couple of months and we are thrilled. I blog, sometimes regularly, sometimes not, over at laceybuchorn.com.

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When did you start running and what inspired you to start?
 
Running was not an activity that I ever imagined myself doing. I mean, I even forged notes and ended up in the dean’s office to get out of PE as a child. In 2008, my world was rocked. I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28. I was obese, inactive and suddenly fighting not only for my health, but my life. I’m not exactly certain why I chose running, but I guess I figured it was time to “go big or go home”. Almost 10 years later, I am still running.

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What has been the biggest lesson running has taught you?

Running has taught me that I CAN do hard things and to have faith in myself. I’ve always had a stubborn personalty, but also a tendency to give up when things got hard. Running is not easy for me 95% of the time, but the sense of accomplishment I get when I conquer a hard run makes me feel invincible.

 

How do you stay motivated to keep running on days you don’t want to get out the door?

I have several methods, but the biggest is to focus on why I started! Cancer hasn’t won and will NOT! My personal running mantra is, “But did you die?”. I also like to keep a race on the calendar! I find it easier to say “oh, I’ll run tomorrow” and “tomorrow” turns into next week if I don’t have anything specific that I am training for. I currently have 2x 5K’s, 1x 10K and 3x half marathons on the schedule in the next 4 months. Instagram is also great for motivation (find me @laceybuchorn). So many amazing women out there, doing even more amazing things!
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What has been the biggest challenge for you when it comes to running?

For me, it is my energy level and sometimes debilitating fatigue. I have to be flexible with my training plans and not beat myself up for rearranging or skipping runs. Rest days are important for everyone, but especially someone battling a chronic disease.

 

Who has been your biggest inspiration to get you going?

My husband! He has been there for me every step of the way! He encourages me, supports me and pushes me. He put his own training on hold to run with me in those early days when I was painfully slow. He holds me when I have a bad run or a mid-trail anxiety attack. He has been at every one of my finish lines, either holding my hand or annoying the people standing around him, cheering loudly. I have my very first race without him present this fall and I know the finish line is going to be a mix of emotions without him there. 
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What are your favorite shoes to run in?

Altra’s! Not only do I love the fit and zero drop, but the customer service is phenomenal. I currently run in Intuition and Torin for road and Superior for trail. I am eyeballing the new Timps for my next trail pair.

 

What does healthy mean to you?

Being a cancer survivor, I can’t look at health solely as the absence of disease and medications or the perfect weight and blood pressure. It is so much more than that. I keep my body healthy by staying active, eating foods that nourish my body, and getting adequate rest. I keep my mind healthy by avoiding drama, worrying less, and occasionally indulging in ice cream. Yes, it is 100% necessary to my mental health :-). I keep my soul healthy, by spending time in God’s word and focusing on an attitude of gratitude. Running has not only helped me lose 120 pounds, but it has helped me “find myself”. Hours on the road and trail give you lots of time to be introspective. Health is about balance. Balance between following the “rules” and enjoying life.

 

How has running effected other aspects of your life?

Running has brought my self confidence back, which in turn has challenged me try things I never thought I would! This year it was a mud run on an army assault course and next year I am signed up for a Ragnar Trail Race! Who knows what else I will come up with, maybe even an ultra!
Running has also brought amazing friendships into my life! The running community is like no other, supportive and encouraging! There are many people in my life I wouldn’t have met without running and I am so thankful I did!

 

What advice do you have for new runners?

My most practical suggestion would be to buy proper gear, shoes especially! Go to a reputable running store and have a gait analysis done. Yes, shoes are expensive, but so are injuries and proper fit is essential to keeping injuries at bay!
Start slow! I personally used the C25K program to start running way back in 2008 and still use this program if I take an extended hiatus from running. Running is hard and your 8 week plan may take 10 weeks, but who cares. The moment you step on that track (road, trail, etc) exhibit a running movement, YOU ARE A RUNNER! Forward movement, no matter how small, is till movement.
Lastly, don’t get caught up in the comparison trap! It is easy to focus on other runner’s distances, splits and achievements and get dismayed about your own performance. Running is a personal journey at the very core. Everyone is in a different chapter in their story and the only person you need to compare yourself to is who you were yesterday.
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