So yesterday, I had planned a 10k run in the morning. I promised to take my time, and run just to run. Lately I feel like I haven’t been looking forward to running when I had to run outside, and I think it’s because I always expect myself to go faster than I should.
Which, I shouldn’t.
I mean, I didn’t used to always care. I used to just go out there and run. When I was half-marathon training, I loved my long, slow runs. I could take my time, listen to music or an audiobook, see the sights, and take it easy. What happened?
It was then that I realized I stopped having fun with my longer runs, and it made me not look forward to them anymore. This past January when I was training for my 10k, I felt like I had to be fast: I ran fast uphill even though I knew I shouldn’t, which led me to not want run any route that involved going uphill.
After my run yesterday, I kept telling myself, run slow, don’t worry about the time, and don’t rush. I ran a slow time of 1:08 and took my time going uphill… and guess what? I loved my run! I see now how important it is to remember to have fun doing whatever it is you’re doing, otherwise you’ll just not want to do it! I’ve lost sight of that, but now I remember again.
With that said, I’m going to start my old routine and run / cross train Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sun. I’m going to be at the gym during the weekdays (since I just don’t have time since I’ve moved, especially before work), and running outside Sat. and Sun.
I’ve also been planning a goal for myself for this year. Last year, finishing a half-marathon distance was my goal. Now that I have that under my belt, I’m thinking of not just doing the one half-marathon in September, but another one later on the year. That means TWO HALF-MARATHONS. I feel like I’ve done enough smaller races… maybe it’s time to step it up a notch? 😉 I’d definitely have something to train for, now!
Hope everyone has a great Monday ahead!