It is easy to get caught up in training. Pace time. Personal bests. Training for races and all the rest of it. I had two and part of a third run “bad” runs in the past week. Then on mile four of a seven mile run, the magic happened. Pure bliss for three miles with a personal best. The bad runs were forgotten, but the lesson for me was not.
I love running for the sake of running.
Yesterday evening’s run was -a-may-zing. I need a-may-zing running in the evening. Grad school is already kicking my booty. But I am not worried. Running will get me through it. But this last injury, a couple bad runs and I am convinced I will always be competitive with myself . Yes. The PB’s, PR’s half training etc. I will still try to tempt me to forget that I get out there and run every other day. If not every day because I love it. When I think about what running has given me. When I think about what running continues to give me. When I think about the hearts in nature I see, guiding me. When I think about being in the zone. I feel so blessed and so grateful to be able to run, that my eyes well up with tears. There was a time when running was just running. I only got into racing shortly before my heart stuff. I don’t ever want anything to ever come between me and running again. So my new goal? Continuing to train for a half marathon. And a few after that. Until a full marathon. Yes. But more importantly I am not getting caught up in time. PR’s or PB’s. If I am the last person crossing the finish line I don’t care. Okay. I am going to work on not caring. You get the point. The lesson this past week for me is to never outrun my love of running. And I encourage you to do the same!
Do you ever feel like you get so caught up in training you forget your love of running?
What are you doing for the holiday weekend?
Have you found a heart yet?
Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!