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If you read my New Years blog you may remember that one of my goals this year is to train for the Times Colonist 10k that takes place in Victoria on May 1st.  Last year I ran it and my time was around 58 minutes. This year I want to shave at least five minutes off of that time. Five minutes is a lot but let’s face it, 58 minutes isn’t record breaking speed.  That being said, I was actually proud of myself last year for running it under an hour. I may or may not have only ran twice before the race last year, ahem. Healthy right? I.AM.NOT.A.RUNNER. Like, at all. 

This year I am taking a slightly more effective approach and am actually following a training schedule to get ready for the 10K.  This is the second week and self-admittedly I did slack a bit on week one.  It’s hard to get back into running shape!  Yesterday I dragged myself out of bed and into the rain (well maybe more of a drizzle but still, hardcore right?) to go running with a friend. We ran about 5k which wasn’t as painful as I had anticipated.  I’m not even sore today! Supastar! 

I am a firm believer that the things that are hardest for you are the things you need the most. No pain no gain right? Running transforms my body faster than any other exercise but it’s painful and I hate every minute of it until it’s over.  Then I feel great for suffering through the pain.  

With almost three more months to go of this religious running business I have been thinking a lot about inspiration and where it’s drawn from. I am going to need to dig deep to stay focused on the prize. I’m the kind of person that needs a goal to work towards in order to keep me on the straight and narrow.  My inspiration is that summer is fast approaching and my bikini body is well hidden under a few layers. That and I want this year to be the healthiest year ever and running is going to help me achieve that. 

What does this have to do with photography?  Well….I hate to say it but lately I am lacking in inspiration when it comes to my photography.  The wedding was such a blast but after that I have kind of taken a hiatus from picture taking.  My inspiration seems to come and go in cycles – lately I haven’t been feeling it so much.  Maybe it’s the dreary weather? Possibly the tinge of depression that seems to set in around this time of year?  Whatever it is, I’ve been struggling with it and need to snap out of it.  I start a photography course in March and want to be excited about it.  

Any suggestions for getting re-inspired and getting out of a funk?  Please comment, I would love to hear them.