I can finally say, I’m back! I feel like it has taken me FAR too long to get back into the groove but this weather has pushed me outside, gotten me moving and I am feeling it!
Starting a little over a week ago when I got to actually run with a running buddy who was faster than me. She was an amazing running buddy. The conversation flowed and before I knew it we were done. I hope we get a chance to run together again soon. We ran five with an average pace of 8:37 which was fast for me but I hung in there and felt like I had more in the tank. (I love runs that keep you wanting more)
Last week I held the momentum but it’s been this week when I’ve really kicked it up a notch. Just knowing that I have an ENTIRE week at home has me excited for what I can accomplish on the trail. Sunday I ran 5 and it felt really good. Then yesterday, I got home before the kids (Scott does pick up) so I took off for what I hoped would be another good five but at about the fourth mile, I wasn’t just in a groove I was having a freaking blast. I spent a little time with my clydesdales then decided to squeeze in an extra mile before heading home to tend to dinner and kid fun.
SO HERE’S THE RANT:
Tonight I was craving a run and time with the kids so we pulled out the double and headed back out. At one point we had to pull over off the trail to buckle MiniE back in and as I was doing that, two cyclists passed me and one of them said to the other
“I feel like people who aren’t serious shouldn’t be on the trail, especially strollers.”
And there it is. In a split second I went from happy-go-lucky to infuriated. I get that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I get it but when it means bringing someone else down, I get defensive.
Now mind you, I’m not about to let her opinion keep me from the trail but I do get mad at the thought that it might keep someone else away from achieving their goals. So let me say this and pass it on to any cyclists or other athletes who feel this way…
The trails, roads, sidewalks are for everyone. The miles no matter who runs them have the ability to change us for the better and the last thing we should do is discourage each other from moving.
I know I will never have a chance to say this to the cyclist but you can be damn sure that I’m going to go back to that trail and I’m gonna run it like I own it. I’m going to be confident and not let any one change my miles. They’re mine and I want to be the only reason that I either love them or hate them.