Today I felt like a sloth.
I just could not get my legs to move any faster even if I tried. I had a 5 mile ‘naked run’ on the schedule so there was no music and no checking the garmin until the end. I had my nephews with me riding their scooters, I was in my favorite canyon, my legs are recovered since my last hard workout and I was plenty hydrated and fueled but I just felt super weighed down from the first step all the way until the last step. I might be going out on a limb here and being overly dramatic (like usual) but man… my emotions play a HUGE role in my running. Today was one of them but tomorrow will be much better.
I feel like I am finally in a place (almost 2 years since I separated from my ex and 1 year of being divorced) that I can take running more seriously. Emotionally I feel like I am in a place that I can do the training that it takes to get my sub 3 marathon without letting all of the different emotions of the last few years affect my runs/goals. BUT of course there are still hard things that we all deal with in life and today I felt weighed down because of some of them. The difference is now I am able to bounce back a lot faster than I did right after my divorce.
How some emotions affect my running:
Angry—> Speeding bullet. I feel like I am on fire and I crave running as fast as I possibly can. I race really well angry as well as happy:)
Sad—> Legs and head feel heavy. I am too busy thinking about whatever the problem is to pay too much attention to my running….. good thing I always come home from a run in a much better mood than when I left.
Happy—> I can usually nail the workouts and my performance is based a lot on how my body is feeling. I am thinking more positively and that transfers over nicely to some fast times. I don’t feel weighed down with stress and my runs go really smoothly.
Peaceful—> One of my favorite emotions… I love when everything in life feels calm and I’m at peace with life/decisions/relationships etc. It doesn’t mean things are perfect but I just feel super right about things. Does that make sense? My running feels light and easy paces feel even easier.
Anxious—> Doesn’t really affect my running but I feel a heck of a lot better about situations after a run.
Tomorrow will feel a lot better:)
I did love having these two cool cats with me (well, up ahead of me the whole time). They get me laughing pretty hard.
Brooke is loving all of the extra cousin time these days.
They gave her a donut and she did her usual ‘eat all of the sprinkles off and leave the rest of the donut behind’ thing.
One more picture of these two together because it makes me happy.
–Instantly Open Tight Hips With These 8 Stretches—> I’ve been loving these and they have been helping my right hip out big time.
–6 Exercises to Work Your Glutes—> TRY THESE!!! Strong glutes are key in preventing injuries and getting stronger!
How do your emotions affect your running?!?