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Note to Self: Running is awesome!

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....


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.
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    I love the detail in which you describe all that surrounds you while you run! There is a reason GOD has chose this place for you, and it is because THAT is what it does to you! You are so right about it being all around you and inside of you. When I ride in the morning I notice the sweet smell of blooming bushes, the little bunnies playing, the breeze, the horses, and the same dogs that almost seem to welcome me now! So many turn it into just a routine, you are fortunate to be able to awaken your senses and get so much more from a routine run! Kudos on your best run yet! To many more!! GO BRIARD GO!
    1758 days ago
    You sound like me. Just started back and I feel great when I run but ditch it when life steps in. Have to remember how I feel after a run between runs. Thanks.
    1759 days ago
    emoticon I know how hard it is to get back too it.... I would suggest printing this blog and posting it up next to your computer (ok on your computer screen...just to the right or left...and on the fridge or pantry door.) Some times we all need an affirmation to remind us when we do something good for us we feel good after.
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