In my opinion, the hardest thing about running is finding the balance.
( Hell, maybe that's the hardest thing about life.......but that's another very long blog post)
I know, for me, it's hard not to get wrapped up in it all, and just run for the sake of running. Run to clear my mind and distress. Run to feel the strength my body can produce. Run to feel alive.
I run for those reasons, but I also run for numbers. I run to make negatives splits, to lower my average pace, increase my weekly mileage, PR in my next race.
I don't think those things are bad, it's good to have goals, but when is it too much? When do you need to tell yourself to slow.it.down.
and just run?
When do you tell yourself you need a break? Take some time off from running to let your body heal. Run disconnected, with no sense of distance, time, or pace, just listening to your body.
Recently, my average pace has gotten much faster than I was used to running. Overnight, it seems, my "comfortable" pace went from 8:50-9:00 minute miles to 8:20-8:30 miles, and it makes me nervous. Am I pushing it too far? Or am I finally getting back to the fitness level that I had before fracturing my left foot twice? (You can read about that here and here)
This girl does not train at sub-8 miles.....but this is the third time this year I've finished my run with one. That is NUTS to me.
Every run has been one of those "this is why I run" runs. Let's hope I don't crash too hard, because it's pretty inevitable at this point.
In order to properly fuel for these amazing runs, I've picked up a new food addiction.
Post Long Run.
English Muffins are incredible and I don't know why I haven't had them for years. Thank goodness I got the jumbo size version at Costco. :-)