I've been running (consistently) for about 15 years and I still act like a beginner sometimes.
There are times when running is hard, getting out the door is hard, life is hard. So
I'M GOING TO LOSE ALL MY FITNESS!
I jumped on the trails on Monday this week and my first thoughts were.
I'm out of shape.
This time I'll keep it up.
Need to register for a race so I stay fit.
As I clicked into mile three, I realized...
You've been running 3 days a week consistently and calling that "not running", "off my fitness plan", "not in shape" etc.
At the end of the run I took stock and realized I haven't ever truly been starting over. I'm just starting up again and thats OK.
I ran with a great group of ladies this morning. They work, they're moms, they run, weight train, stay active, they are fit. Someone said: "I haven't run since last weekend" and she was asked "busy at work?"
Her response-"no, just that kind of week, didn't feel like it".
Learning to give myself permission to be OK with having a 'week like that' has actually helped me to continue to run and enjoy my running.
After injury early last year, I took a break from distance running. Ran 5ks, 8ks and no more, and I'm OK with that.
My hope is to run another marathon this year in honor of my sister and her struggles in life and anyone who struggles in life. Running for me has always been a way to heal, a way to reach out to others, a way to connect.
Let's run some miles together!