Monday, February 21, 2011
I am taking a week- not Go Wear Fit, no calorie counting- just eating smartly and getting in more miles. I need a week of building habit instead of counting, adding and subtracting. Numbers aren't doing it for me and I just need a shift in focus right now.
Today I had a great 8 mile long run. I wanted to do more but I want to run several longer runs this week to try to meet my mileage goal this month and I didn't want to burn my legs out.
3 of those 8 miles were with a friend who's just starting to run and is on the couch to 5k program. She's slender and frankly I enjoy running with her because not only is she great company- a really fun friend, but I really like supporting her through being frustrated with the struggle of the run, and yet, for me, running with her is soo easy! Running with her is a clear illustration of how far I've come- how strong I've become- and it feels so good. I can't wait to get her running races with me and to have a consistent running buddy who isn't running to punish themselves for gluttony like other running buddies I've had, but someone who really really loves the run!
Running has been so fun lately because I'm really starting to feel like a runner. I'm regularly running sub 10 pace and that's faster than I've been in a while. it feels good. I'm also hit that sweet spot with running where I actually prefer to run alone. I prefer quiet to music. I prefer outdoors to indoors- all of which take effort and a real enjoyment of that sensation of running. It takes a while to get there, but I know when I get there that I'm finally moving with out the crutches and it feels really good...