This is an update of a 2013 post because it felt like it needed to be said again and maybe a tad bit better.
It’s so easy to take a simple mile for granted.
When you first start running it’s the longest mile on Earth, but soon there after you surpass that milestone and suddenly it’s “just” a mile. It becomes about accumulating more miles or running those miles faster.
I can run for hours on end, so why should 1 little mile ever be cause for celebration…but for me it is on nearly a daily basis. I recognized years ago that I was never going to be the woman consistently on top of the podium or the runner who did the most challenging races…but I was the runner who could find value in 1 mile or 26.2.WHEN THE RUN SUCKS
Even a runner who does it for the joy has runs that are rough, both physically and mentally. In fact, it’s horribly frustrating when the first mile of a run feels like mile 26 of a race.
Today as that frustration started to appear, I did something different.
I didn’t fight it.
I didn’t get angry.
I stopped and smiled.
I was running.
It didn’t matter how fast, there was no race. It didn’t matter how far, I am not on any training plan at the moment. It simply mattered that I was there.
You might know what happened next if you’ve ever had that epiphany while running…it got easier.
Sometimes we spend so much time trying to PUSH the rock when if we just relaxed a little it would roll all on it’s own. The great thing about running in that mind frame is how much more you see and can take in the world around you!It allowed me to reflect on how lucky I am to have lived in so many unique running locations. Now, I get the benefit of embracing training at altitude, re-learning cold weather runs and yet I also have the benefit of understanding humidity and heat.
I appreciate all of my runs, but it’s very easy to get in the mindset of feeling like a run needs to be a certain distance or a certain speed to be a “good run”. A run that really counts or that you’d gasp post to social media.
This isn’t an entirely bad thing when you’re focused on a race/goal, but too often we’re supposed to be in recovery mode or we’re so focused on the goal we stop enjoying the many months of training. Right now my body is both adjusting to the altitude and some new health shifts, so now it’s super important to simply enjoy that I’m able to run…then I can start to enjoy pushing myself again for some new exciting goals!
It’s easy when injured to just wish for a single mile and easy after a great race to feel like you should run that way daily. The hard part is finding enjoyment in any mile whether it’s speed work or recovery or hard as hell because you’ve been off for awhile or sick…but you’re there and that is pretty awesome.The only rule of a GOOD run is the one you GET to do. Perspective provided here Click To Tweet
After I finished and took some time to do my hip stretches (yeah I really practice what I preach). Pausing to reflect again on all the reasons I love running…it gives you time to think, plan, analyze and well remember at least a few things that should be on your to do list!Thanks for letting me Think Out Loud once again, a great opportunity inspired by the awesome Running With Spoons.
Do you ever feel a run is only “good” if you go at least X miles or run at least X pace?
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