This was the most fun run that I have done in a very long time.
Some friends invited me to run down Payson canyon on Saturday morning. I’ve never run or spent any time in this canyon, so I was excited to see what it was all about.
Such an amazing group of women to spend the morning with…
Jen’s husband drove us up to the top of the canyon, and then we started and were in the dark for about 15 minutes. PS I am so in love with oatmeal before long runs now. I felt such sustained energy throughout the run, along with 3 Maurten gels and the Gatorade that Beth dropped off for us.
The coloring we got to experience as the sun was rising was breathtaking.
I could not handle it.
This canyon is significantly downhill… a few rollers in the beginning and end, but overall very downhill, which was so fun for me. I swear, I smiled for 90% of the run with the tailwind, downhill, perfect temps, and leaves falling to the ground all around us. It felt magical. We did a 3-mile warm-up and then did a 7 x 1 mile fast (5:39 average) with a 1-mile float (6:29 average) between each one. We then did a cool-down for a few miles and enjoyed drinking and stretching at the end.
And just a few more pics from our weekend:
Pumpkin bread from a mix because I was too lazy to make the real thing.
The other day a friend and I were talking about my past with an eating disorder and what I feel is the most significant change in myself since then…
I trust my body now. I feel safe here.
I used to always be at war with my body. If it told me I was hungry, I told it no. If it told me to rest, I ignored it. I never believed it. I worried that it would damage me if I listened to what it needed. I didn’t feel safe in my own body (which makes me want to cry just typing that).
And now I feel the opposite. I feel like my body is my ally. It truly wants the best for me. I feel safe here. If it tells me something, I listen. I’ve learned that we are on the same team. I’ve learned that fighting against my body results in a loss of health.
My pregnancies have been a great mentor for me over the years of watching my body change through so many different seasons. My body is in tune with what each stage of life requires and knows more than any book/website/influencer could ever tell me. I trust it.
If I let go of any control issues I try to have with my body, it naturally does what is best for me. Whether that is gaining weight, losing weight, slowing down, or speeding up… it knows what I need in each chapter of life. The more I nurture my body and trust the seasons, the more I get the results I want (results = feeling at peace, reaching goals, and loving who I am).
I don’t know why I was so at war with my body for so many years, but there is nothing like going through my days/months/years now feeling like I’m on the same team as my body. I’ll listen to it when it tells me something, and I’ll trust that when it tells me to eat (and what to eat). It wants the best for me, and I want the best for it. It was so worth the work to get here!
Tell me about a highlight from your weekend.
Does anyone else relate to going from being at war with their body to feeling safe there?
Do you run new spots often or stick to the tried and true?
What fuel during a run have you been loving lately?