I am feeling really good about running these days. Like really good…like “I am really excited for these halfs coming up” good! Someone asked me at work why I want to run that long and the I couldn’t really explain it…I just do, we all do. I will say that for years now I’ve sort of loved to dread the half marathon distance. I could never run the entire thing let alone think about setting a PR and while I still feel like I’m a long way off from wanting to think about “improving” my time, I seemed to have crossed a mental hurdle of sorts. I am actually looking forward to running it.
On long run days, I use to get this sense like I had this massive hill that I had to overcome…the thought of 9, 10 or more miles just seemed unimaginable, especially running by myself. Sunday’s 9 miler was no different except that feeling didn’t last long at all, and I found a groove and enjoyed it. Two weeks in a row now I found my stride at about mile 6 and at one point I literally forgot I was running. Seriously?! My legs were in cruise and I was just enjoying watching the sun rise and seeing all the other runners around me overcoming their own giant hill.
What’s even better?! I didn’t have any soreness after my run and I woke up this morning feeling fresh! Again, that never happens.
I am in this crazy happy place with running right now and I just can’t get over it. I’ll admit, I use the blog and social media as a convenient excuse to get out there and do a workout or run especially on days that I really don’t want too but lately, running is SOOOO not about that. Whether I’m telling you about it or not, just know that I’m loving every step right now.
Every cool morning or late night run
Every shaded trail and hot road,
Every stroller mile
Everything, all of it..
|One of my favorite places right now|
I had another realization, I love half marathon for exercise, but I love the 5K for sport. Does that make sense? It seems I have the attention span to entertain the idea of improving my 5K distance, but right now my half marathon distance is just about getting out and doing it.
Either way, right now, running and I are buds, we love each other, we’re in a hot and heavy relationship and I’m going to bask in that honeymoon feeling as long as it lasts!
Are you in love with any of your training right now? What is the one fitness activity you would go out and do if you could do anything?