I want to talk about running. I want to talk about my favorite activity. I want to talk about it OUT LOUD.
Ok, here we go.
Most of my readers know that I have been dealing with groin pain for the past four weeks. It started slowly on a run one morning and was crippling to the point where walking was uncomfortable. For the first two weeks, I told myself it would be better by May 24th, in time for me to run my first marathon.
Those two weeks passed. I scratched three races (well, I walked a 5k) and have no run since the initial day of pain. A couple of times, I tried, but stopped when I could feel it. Two weeks of no running made me realize there was no way I was doing a marathon on May 24th.
Now, two weeks after that low point, I have been able to run 45 minutes at a pace slower than 10 minutes per mile. To say I am elated would be an understatement. During my time of no running, I reread Born To Run and Eat and Run, two books that inspired my love of running a couple years ago.
To say that my priorities have changed about running would also be an understatement.
To put to out there boldly, my philosophy has changed.
During the winter, I ran at least one tempo, one speed workout and a long run each week. Every other run was mostly at a pace I could hold for longer if needed, but didn’t go over 6 miles. I was comfortably pushed outside my comfort zone in terms of pace. This worked really well for me, I won a half marathon and was incredibly fit.
After my half, I continued to train in this way. I felt good, until the day I pulled my groin. I realize now, after the half, I should have done all easy running and cross training the week after and not resumed normal training. I was only able to race a couple fun 5ks after that before the injury that put me out of my goal race.
Having time off has humbled me greatly. I have worked on my metal run strength through elliptical sessions (SO BORING!) and have taken time to reassess how I want to continue my future in running.
So, here it is:
I want to run more, not faster.
I want to have experiences with people while running.
I want to use running as my mediation.
I want to be injury free for a long time.
I want to run free, in nature and surround myself with beauty.
My training to run a fast half marathon was great for me, but having accomplished that goal, I want to look to farther distances. I want to do the marathon, but also look beyond that to ultras and trail races. I want to see where running can take me spiritually and emotionally.
I feel Born to Run, and I want to live it.
What is the thing that makes you feel alive?