WOW! Right? Bite your tongue Katie!
But I’m serious and I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately as I’ve been on a quest to get back to basics. And NO, I’m not breaking up with running and I’m not recommending you do either. It’s just a question.
It all started when I got my heart rate tests. Turns out I just have a naturally high heart rate and as a result it doesn’t take as much to get my heart rate up to 185 or so. Take, for example, yesterday’s run…I sped up, I could’ve gotten more out of my legs but I was winded. I looked at my HRM and saw a 190, then I looked at my pace and saw a not so appealing 9:15.
My conclusion…my heart and legs aren’t on the same page and possibly never will be.
My next thought was…Is it physically possible for me to improve? How do I accept who I am…a slower runner than I would like to be? Then somehow I made the drastic leap to…
What if I weren’t a runner at all? *GASP*
Asking this question plays out in my head similarly to the inkblot test.
“What do you see when you look at this?” INSERT INKBLOT THAT LOOKS LIKE A COW WITH A MOHAWK
Would I be a bodybuilder? Nope, probably not. I just don’t fit the image that immediately comes to mind.
A Yogi? No chance. Not because I don’t want to be but again, I just don’t fit the image in my head.
A cyclist? HA! I am what I would call a “wanna be”. I wanna be able to ride and love it but it’s just not ingrained in me. I’ll do it but it wouldn’t be my go-to.
Wouldn’t it be a fun if we could all sit down with a sketch artist and describe what each of these look like in our minds. I would love to compare.
What do you think you would gravitate towards? Do you think you would seek out a new label? I don’t know the answer but I just found it interesting to ask.
I guess what I took away from asking the question is well….nothing.
There isn’t a next-in-line for me. After running, everything else just kind of averages out. Well I guess volleyball but my days of daily volleyball are LONG over.
What about you? What if you weren’t a runner?