For the Love of Running

I love running.  I really do.  There are just times where my favorite activity gives my body grief and I don’t want to do it anymore.  It’s supposed to be my fun, stress relief; my “me” time.  Lately, it’s anything but that.

While I do love running, I don’t run many races.  I meet other runners who race every weekend while I only have one race on my calendar for the year (at the moment).  Races cause me anxiety and training plans that NEVER go as planned, which is REALLY frustrating.  How do ya’ll do it.  What works best for you?

My past few runs have been Garmin free and have gone really well.  How can I translate these runs into great training sessions?  I know not every run will be perfect but I would like more than a few weeks of my training plan to go well (actually complete the training plan). I’m looking to improve, injury free but every time I try but my body shuts down. Help a fellow runner out!

 

 

Stay Flexible. Be Gentle

In my last blog post, I covered what TurtleStride means to me.  It’s basically my way of life and my constant reminder that I’m on a journey and I shouldn’t always be focusing on the destination.  This plays true with running.  Eight months ago, this happened…

Pavement for breakfast

Pavement for breakfast

While it only looks like some minor scrapes it’s actually a sprained wrist, sprained knee and some awfully deep cuts.  To make matters worse, a month and a half later (when I thought I was recovered) I tripped and injured the opposite extremities as shown in this photo.  Disclaimer: I caught the lip of concrete both times.  I never look down when I run and sometimes this is what happens.

It’s been a painful journey to get back to where I was; which in my opinion the best shape I’ve ever been in.  It’s been more of a mental challenge than a physical one (thankfully no lingering damage occurred). These mishaps caused me to DNS my second marathon.  It also caused me to be mean and grumpy for months.  I want to feel good and happy about running but it’s been tough.  That being said, I’m learning to be flexible with my training.  For starters, marathon #2 is on the back burner.  I’m hoping to feel in shape to run a marathon next spring (2017) while focusing on getting stronger, mentally and physically.

2016 will be a build-up year.  More time in the gym and building my mileage back up to a half marathon before year’s end.  I’m currently training for the BolderBoulder 10K that will take place on Memorial.  Training has been going well physically but I’m still beating myself up mentally.   This is where flexibility comes into play.  If I’m honestly not feeling it when I’m getting ready for the gym or a run, I’ll postpone the workout.  Sometimes it’ll happen later that day, the next day or it’s scraped for good.  So what, it doesn’t happen at some originally scheduled time.  Or it doesn’t happen at all.  At the end of the day, I’m not going to beat myself up over missing a workout.  If I end up missing a week, okay.  Too often I read athlete’s blogs and they’re berating themselves for skipping a morning workout.  I don’t think doing so is helping.  Too often, we get burned out on the activities that help us relax and feel good, so why beat yourself up about missing it.  Doing so makes the activity a chore and I never want running to feel like a chore to me.  It’s my outlet.  My love.

So be flexible.  More importantly, be gentle on yourself.

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TurtleStride

TurtleStride.  It’s not just a name; it’s a mantra.  It’s taking life at a Turtle Stride pace.  It means results are earned, not given.  It means learning patience.  It’s a continuing practice; as goals are achieved new dreams are created.

For me, TurtleStride is a movement.  We live in an “insta” world where instant gratification is expected.  It’s not that easy nor should it be.  I think it’s time we change the way people think about fitness, running in particular.  I plan to do that one step at a time.

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