Friday, June 28, 2013
Lately I've been slacking with running. I started running back in February using a couch-to-5K style app that had me training three days a week. Since then I've graduated from that app, run two 5ks and started running without the structure of a training app. (However, I absolutely LOVE Zombies, Run! which keeps me motivated and entertained, plus does a decent job tracking my runs.) The last two weeks I've been on vacation from work and had family visiting and many other distractions. I haven't been getting very many runs in at all! But I just looked back at my run logs and I can see a downward trend for even longer than the past two weeks. When I was actively training, I was very consistent about my three days a week. Now... well... not so much.
Yesterday and today I've had time to relax and be alone. My family return tomorrow for the weekend before they fly back to Texas. Even with time for myself (after an incredibly busy period in my life) I found myself procrastinating about fitness, but especially my cardio. Today I dug deep and got myself out there....
AND IT FELT GREAT!
Why can't I ever remember this fact in between runs? Within a couple minutes of running I had a huge smile on my face and I was pumped up by my workout mix. A few minutes before, I'd been slowly lacing up my sneakers, checking email "one last time" and otherwise putting off my run. WHY?? I had a really great run today too. I did my longest run yet and at a pace just slightly slower than my 5k race pace. I felt good for almost the entire run, although I started to feel a bit stiff towards the end. It was a great day for a run... cool and misty... and the place I run was just gorgeous– the duck ponds were quiet and foggy, the colors soft and muted by the overcast light. The trails were muddy, but I love trail running so I'll take the mud and the wet roots over pavement any day.
It really was one of my best runs ever for so many reasons. It reaffirmed that exercise is not just about burning calories; it is about taking care of all of me. It is fun, it is me-time, it is restorative, it is adventurous, it is challenging, it makes me feel better physically, mentally, emotionally. Now if I can only remember that the next time I put running on the back burner.