Running is a lot of work. It’s not always fun. Sometimes there’s pain and a lot of sucking air. But it is also the opposite of these things. It can be enjoyable. It can be relaxing and meditative.
I started running because the doctor said that I needed to get my aerobic activity in. Five days a week for 30 minutes. I’ve never been able to consistently run 5 days a week so right now I’m doing three days a week. Additionally when the weather changes, which it is starting to, I tend to go inside and hibernate (or not run!). However I’ve been thinking about all of the time I’m not running and how if I’m just consistent, even at three days a week, I’ll get to where I want to be. Not fast, but I’ll get there. I do intend on using more kettle bells this fall and winter, but at a minimum I’d like to have one of my three workouts be running.
For all the things that I enjoy about running there is, now days, so many things that make it hard to enjoy running. Mainly that’s Strava. I still use Strava to keep track of my runs but it took me about 6 months of not running to finally realize that there are people of all abilities and speed. In this day and age it’s so easy to get caught up in who is running the fastest mile splits and how you compare. Who ran the most days this week and did you run as many more more than them? Once I put these things, and many others, behind myself I became more comfortable with my running and where I’m at. I heard the wonderful David Roche say to put all the judgmental devices behind you or don’t wear them. So I don’t. I have a GPS watch that I use, but that’s it. It does sync to Strava, but I don’t spend a lot of time on there comparing myself anymore. My heart rate monitor might make an appearance here and there, but for now it’s collecting dust somewhere.
I’d like to think that if I lived near trails I’d run more. Maybe I would and maybe I wouldn’t. I’d probably get caught up, again, with trying to run more vertical feet etc. I see a few people that continue to get caught up in running, like I did, and they are just not consistent. I’m not saying I’m the most consistent person right now, but I’m hopeful that by doing what feels good for me I’ll be able to make some progress. And more than anything enjoy that journey.
Next weekend I’ll be participating in my only race so far this year. It’s a 4 mile trail race called The Antelope Dash. I know I’m going to be sucking air. I know I’m going to walk a lot. And I’m fine with that. I think it will give me the motivation to continue on and hopefully do another 5K race later this fall.