Thursday, August 22, 2013

Running Lately

This summer, for the first time since starting my journey with running in 2011, I am not training for something or trying to keep my mileage up for a future race.

And it feels great.

I have gone from running between 20-25 miles a week to running a wonderful 10 mpw.  After (and during the training for) my last half marathon, I was feeling burnt out and wanted to break up with running.

Now, I don't feel guilty if I "miss a run," and I can run two miles if I decide that I only have twenty minutes, or five miles if I have the time.  I don't have to rearrange the rest of my life to fit in a run.  I don't need to do speed work, tempo runs, long runs.

I still run on average five days a week, but I run at the MOST four or five miles (aka, the number of times that has happened this summer fits on one hand).  Two days a week I just do a quick 2 mile warm up run and then focus on strength training--something I have not done regularly for a few years.

I find that now that my running is "just for me" and not for training, I generally enjoy it more.  It makes me WANT to train again and work to see improvements, it makes me remember how much I love running.  But it also reminds me that if I have a shitty ass jankity run that it is not the end of the world and that I will not fail running my next race.

I have three 5Ks coming up this fall, that I am really looking forward to.  I will not be speedy, but I hope they will be enjoyable.  For once I have no halves on my horizon, and while I am so proud of my accomplishments of completing multiple half marathons, and I think I might want to do more in my future, right now I am really just enjoying running for me.

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