I've been asked numerous times recently, "why are you running, what are you training for?" Right now, I don't have an answer. I don't have any races in my sights, and the idea of running a race pricks me with anxiety. I have slightly entertained the idea of the Disney Princess Half-Marathon (run through Disney world, yeah! And it's FLAT.), but that's about as far as that thought-train has gone.
My confident answer to "why are you running?" is, "I run for fun." Because that is why I run. I like it. It helps me loose weight. It is a whole lot cheaper than therapy when stressed. And I feel really strong when I'm done (and occasionally frozen).
Here are the few running thoughts I need to remember (thus why committing them to the blog world)--
- Take some stinking rest days. This is the hardest one, and is the thing I fight the most. I've had a few runs on "tired legs" and they are awful. I think of the verse, "He MAKES me lie down in green pastures." I fight rest, but it is very often the most necessary thing to keep going well.
- Fuel well. I love me some apples (obvi), but I have a MUCH better run when I've had a complex carb the days before.
- Focus. When I try to run distracted, I find that I can't get going and it's a struggle to finish. But when I can focus on my stride, how I'm moving, or even just the pavement & surroundings, the time flies by.
- Music. I ebb and wane on listening to music when I run indoors (I don't wear earbuds when I run outside, #safety).
- A bad run doesn't make me a bad runner.