Running does not come naturally to me. I don’t know that running truly comes naturally to anyone but I know that even when I’m in good shape running is still a struggle. And anyone that runs regularly knows that some runs are just flat out bad; you struggle to find a comfortable pace, your breathing feels labored, and your legs feel like lead. But if you’re lucky those sucky runs are balanced equally by awesome runs; ones where you feel like you could go forever and fall into an effortless pace right from the get-go. But let me tell you, I am not lucky. I have far more bad runs than good runs. Runs where after only 1/2 mile I want to throw in the towel and head home. But all those bad runs make it that much more awesome when I do have one of those great, effortless runs and that’s exactly what I had last night. I grabbed my favorite running buddy, sported my new Reflective Vest, and set out as the sun was setting.
It wasn’t particularly long or particularly fast, but man, it was awesome and reminded me why it is I like running so much.
This run was exactly what I needed. I haven’t done a long run since my 8 miler that resulted in me being sick for 10 days afterwards. Those 8 miles took place on December 10 which is a really long time to go without a long run when you’re supposed to be training for a half and full marathon. But I think I needed the break. Throughout November I was feeling really discouraged with my running. I didn’t feel like I was getting any faster or handling long runs any better. Add that to the many aches and pains I was having (hip, knee, and foot pain!) and running had just lost its appeal.
But the break left me missing running which is why yesterday I finally bit the bullet and registered for a couple races. I will be running a 5k through Sea World (!) on February 23rd and the Alamo half marathon on March 24th. That gives me exactly 2 months to get my butt in gear. I’m not going to focus on speed at all, but rather on simply completing my long runs and enjoying them. Sometimes I forget that it’s been almost 3 years since my first (and only) half marathon so I can’t expect my body to just pick up where it left off. It’s a good feeling to be excited about running again though and having already paid the registration fees is a huge motivator. Time to start logging some miles.