I woke up with no desire to run. It wasn’t because I was sore or tired but I just wasn’t feeling it.
So, I watched 3 episodes of ‘Chopped’ in bed before getting up.
I realized the reason I wasn’t looking forward to my run was because lately I have forgotten to run because I LOVE to run.
I called my sister and asked her on a running date. She got a babysitter and we hit the mountains.
We ran up the canyon and it was amazing.
I didn’t think about times, distance, hills, speed work or anything like that.
We ran at a fun pace and talked about everything in life.
Sure, I LOVE competitions, racing and challenging myself past what I think is possible but I do get a little burnt out on running according to a schedule, pace and expectations.
Today, I ran to feel like a kid again, to connect with another human being and to enjoy the beauty of the Earth that God has given us.
Today, I ran not for fitness, endurance or strength (although running in 4 inches of powder made my buns burn) but for ME, my sanity and MY SPIRIT. I truly believe that every now and then we need to go back to the basics of why we run to avoid burnout.
There is nothing greater than hearing your own footsteps and counting your blessings.
20 miles and who knows what pace, I was happy.
I feel rejuivinated and more excited about running than ever because I went back to the basics.
Sometimes, all it takes is to remember why YOU truly run (my sanity, my spirituality and the endorphins) and forgot about why you SHOULD run (training, weight maintenance, to win).
On another note a reader asked what I eat before a run.
I never play around with this because it works for me and my tummy loves it. PB, 2 pieces toast and a banana. I also have gatorade (we just ran out) so now I have been having Tang Sport with Electrolytes. I used to have to eat at least 30 minutes before a run but today I finished my toast as I was running out the door, literally and my stomach felt fine. The more long runs I do the more my body adjusts and can handle more food and closer to when I start my run.
I have asked a similar question before but I really want to hear from you again about why you TRULY run or exercise? Take it back to the basics:)
What do you eat before a long run and how long before a run do you eat? Do you play around with what you eat before a workout? Do you eat different things for different types of training/weight lifting/spin etc?
What are your plans for the rest of the day?
-Heading up to Salt Lake with my man to try to convince Mac to give me a new power cord for free…… I think we might have to browse around Urban Outfitters too:)