Never Outrun Your Love of Running

Love of Running

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.

Red Heart

I love running for the sake of running. 

Dried Leaf Heart

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!

Green Heart

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!

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36 thoughts on “Never Outrun Your Love of Running

  1. I needed this. I too, am training for my first half marathon. I’m just getting over a nasty bout of heat exhaustion that has interrupted my training, but I’m ready after a much needed rest to get back in it! Good luck to you!

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  2. I got caught up in the “have to’s” this training cycle. I have to run my tempos at this pace…I have to run hill repeats on this day…it has totally turned running into another job. So I totally get what you are saying. I need to work on this. As soon as I run my race….😁

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  3. I logged every run for four plus years. Distance and time. Religiously, I looked at my watch during runs to make sure I was at my 9 minute per mile pace. Or faster. It’s one of the things I’m trying to let go of now as I walk towards running. I’m keeping track of miles but trying really hard to ignore the time. We’ll see if I can let it go once I start running again. I’m convinced that running without a watch may actually improve your time.
    Time to head out for a walk.

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    • Yeah its tough to let go of! I continue to log miles, how far I go has always been my priority. Now I don’t look at my app until I get home. I get an idea of my times with the voice over, but don’t know really know how I do until I am done. It is a nice feeling to see how I am improving, especially after the injury, I just don’t want to ever be in a place where I am obsessing over it. 🙂

      So happy to hear you are getting out there, you will be running again in no time! 🙂

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      • Eliminating a bit of the obsession will go a long way towards a cure. 😉 At the moment, my obsession with recovering and running again is leading me down a path of doing too much. 6.5 mile walk this morning and I seriously considered more this evening. My hips have other ideas. Maybe tomorrow morning. Probably.

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      • I think between the long walk, bowling (and a really weird awkward fall while bowling (don’t ask)) my body is telling me to take a day off tomorrow. I think I’ve earned it.

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  4. Very well said!!! As soon as I finish my upcoming race, I’ll re-read this I think I really need this advice. I have been so caught up with training, I have forgotten my love of the run!!! Thank you!! Much better than a half.

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  5. Thank you!!! PRs are great, but if you felt awful the whole time it’s not worth it. I love running, clearing my head, and not caring about time/distance/pace, but it can be hard when you know you need x number of miles this week.

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  6. I had this epiphany over the weekend too! My husband was listening to me go on and on about training, and he reminded me that while those goals are great, not to forget how much I simply ENJOY running. And not to get so obsessed with getting faster or anything else. Enjoy it. And I realized he was right! And I ran because I LOVED it, and WANTED to do it….not because my “training” said I had to! Great job! I can’t wait til I get to 7 mile runs! I saw on another blog, coming in last just means one was the slowest winner! Super proud of you and your motivation for us all! Oh, and now that I am LOOKING for hearts….I can’t find them, lol. Keep posting those pics…they are GREAT! 🙂

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    • I know right?! Its so easy to get caught up in all of it! Definitely something I am going to continue reminding myself. And so true, about coming in last being the slowest winner, I love it! Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement! I have no doubt you will spot a heart sooner than later! 🙂

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