Really this injury isn’t that bad because I am able to still do so many other activities and I should be back running again soon but there are 10 things I wanted to mention that I sure miss whenever I am not running.
1. I miss the exploration aspect. New neighborhoods, new trails, old running routes that bring me back to that time of life for a minute and new animals/people/things to see along the way.
2. I sleep a million times better when I am running. Sleeping has been hit or miss the last few years for me but when I am not running…. yeah, it’s not good. Let’s just rewind to the other night at 2 am when I finished washing and drying my hair because I was wide awake and it sounded like a good idea. Running, my sleeping habits need you really bad. Also, digestion…. much better when I am running:)
3. Working towards a new running goal… aka that lovely feeling of progression. Sometimes goals in other areas of our life are a little bit harder to see our progression. With running we are able to see it pretty clearly—> hitting the goal pace, increasing our mileage, feeling a lot stronger during your runs, the PRs and new course records. It is so fun to see the progression in our running and I’m stoked for the challenge up ahead to get back at it.
4. The running friends. I’ve kind of been a solo runner the last few months but I was still getting some pretty great runs in with the girls every now and then. I miss those. Hug your running group extra tight for me mkay;) Nothing like the bond that comes along with sharing many miles with another human being.
5. Feeling like a runner… but wait?! We are still runners even if we are injured but sometimes I just miss feeling like a real runner whenever I am injured. Just me? Okay, I don’t know how else to explain it but yeah… I miss feeling like a runner.
6. It is so ridiculously convenient. You just grab your running shoes and walk out the door and run. Or you just hop on the treadmill and away you go. The pool requires more preparation (and being freezing for a while after you get out;) and I usually have to wait awhile for one of the stairclimbers to open up. I don’t have to think about what I am going to do with running… I just go and do it.
7. The sun. Isn’t it the best to get in some vitamin d while you are getting your workout on… one of the best parts of running. Endorphins + fresh air= yep, you come home in a much better mood.
8. THINKING OR NOT THINKING. Probably one of my favorite parts about running. I love that for some reason I am able to think really clearly about different areas of life that need some problem-solving (I swear my coping abilities increase 400% about .25 miles into each run). For other runs if I am in the mood to think about absolutely nothing and to just zone out and listen to music I am also able to do that and it is just what I need that day.
9. That sense of accomplishment/confidence boost/feeling pretty dang hardcore. Finishing up that last 800 at the track, dripping in sweat during a rough treadmill workout or stretching in the grass after you finish a long run—> that feeling of accomplishment after finishing the tough runs (or ANY run for that matter) is a pretty great feeling to experience.
10. To go along with #9—> the feeling of giving everything that I had in me that day during a race/really hard run. Like when your whole body is exhausted and you know that what you just did is getting you that much closer to your next goal.
Another Meg bootcamp killer class last night. Whenever I am driving to class I always question my decision to go right then because I know that every muscle in my body is about to hurt but I get myself to go because of the social aspect of spending time with 15 girls as we all work hard together and laugh (during the breaks). Once class is over I am always so happy I went because muscle endorphins are the real deal too.
We did do some really ‘fun’ squat holds with weights after each set of squats. I was positive that my quads actually did fall off.
But my favorite stretch felt even better afterwards because of all of the squats.
I think you have all guessed that food is my love language. My mom had a baked potato and chicken waiting in the fridge for me to heat up when I got there to pick up Brooke.
Never too cold for froyo. Never.
Jess wanted to meet for a cup of goodness but then she went for the Whopper flavor and I nearly walked out due to disappointment. I’m a pretty passive person but I do have strong opinions about food;)
And this is completely normal behavior. Just a FaceTime call with Megan and Diana because sometimes texting is just not enough.
Also, one word to describe the below picture——> Peaceful.
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
Do you enjoy doing lower body or upper body strength training more?
Does running help you to sleep better?
What do you miss most about running when you aren’t able to run?