I love running right now.
I feel strong. I feel confident. I feel ready to bloom.
After a less than amazing summer of running, I planned to take time after Watergap off. However, the running Gods had other plans for me.
I raced again. I kept running. I found my happy place again. I am ready to finish the season strong and content.
In my experience, I will always run even if it doesn’t feel ideal.
For me, less than ideal running looks like this:
1.) Runs feel blah no matter the pace. I could be doing a workout or an easy run and it all feels the same. Blah. Sluggish. Mentally draining. Ew.
2.) I get sore more often and start to neglect strength training.
3.) I do not sleep well.
4.) I am on constant worry for injury because I know something I am doing isn’t working, but I’m too tired (see above) to figure out what it is.
5.) I use races (like the Syracuse half marathon) to kick my own ass and try to get me out of that funk. I need races to be motivated, even if I know I am undertrained.
On the flip side (how I feel now) running looks like this:
1.) I jump out of bed to get out there each morning.
2.) I cook more nutritious meals for myself and am motivated to do so.
3.) Running feels, not easy all the time, but everything feels manageable. Workouts are hard, but it’s nothing I doubt I can do if I try hard.
4.) I cannot contain my excitement to race because I know I am fit.
I am in this blessed state of ready to go and get after it, but also content with where I am and my running at the moment. If I never race or PR again, it’s ok, because I love to run. I will never stop (I mean that in a long term sense, not an off season sense).
Most of all, I let myself enjoy every step, every breath, every drop of sweat because I know it’s my lifeline.
Running keeps me alive. Time to get after it.