I’ve been thinking a lot about running lately. I mean, I usually think about it – hence the title of my blog, but I’ve been REALLY thinking about it.
Here’s the thing… I’m not training for anything. Not in a I don’t have any races for 6 months kinda way, but a I haven’t registered for a single race kinda way. Surprisingly, for someone who is completed motivated by races – I am REALLY enjoying this. There’s no pressure for me to run – except to just enjoy the run. (Does that mean I am maturing as a runner?)
Up until a few weeks ago I was still following the same running schedule I followed when I was marathon training: Sprints, Tempo, and Long Run. Every week. It worked for me and kept me focused during half marathon season as well. But once B’s soccer started and I convinced Dan to go to spinning with me on Sundays my schedule changed. And it has morphed into something I am really enjoying.
Instead of focusing on types of runs, I run outside when I can, at whatever pace I can manage. Truth is, the summers in Florida are brutal. They kill my running spirit and my pace. There is nothing more frustrating than putting your all into a run and running a full minute per mile slower because there is 125% humidity and it feels like there is an elephant on your chest. I WILL train for another marathon in the summer (hopefully next summer!), but why force myself to do it now?
Please, take a moment and enjoy this photo…
All other runs will be done on the treadmill. Yes, I said treadmill. Who AM I? I realized treadmill running doesn’t always suck. At my previous gym, running more than 3 miles was like a Chinese torture test. Now? I feel like I am floating. The miles just tick by. I now can completely understand how runners get addicted to their treadmills. Yesterday, I ran 8 miles at the gym and while it was RIDICULOUSLY challenging (mentally – there’s only so much to look at) I could not stop thinking about how awesome it felt. And last night I actually thought, “I wish we had a treadmill because I could really run a few miles right now.” I know. I can’t believe I actually thought that, let alone wrote it.
So… I guess the POINT of all of this rambling is reveal my new methodology on running. I’m going to try to run shorter distances, more often. Since I’m not training for anything (and I don’t plan on putting anything of my schedule any time soon!) – I’m really just running for that elusive high – and I guess I’ve discovered that I get that high 2 ways: running far and running fast. So running fast it is! For now.
This post is what I get for thinking. Aren’t you glad you didn’t ask?