While the answer may be different depending on the day or even on my mood :), I think it is important to remember to love your run. Love YOUR journey! We are each after different goals and want different things from our run. Your run might be a 7 minute mile or it might be a 14 minute mile. It might be 26.3 miles or it might be 3.1 miles! Whatever the case may be, it is your journey; find joy in it. Take pride in it!
Now don’t get me wrong, I have had plenty of times that I really did not feel like going for a run. The difference is that once I got started (or at least finished), I was so glad I did and usually once I got going, I got into it. When it becomes something that you always dread or have major anxiety over, then I think it is time to re-evaluate. Why did you start running? What made you love it in the first place?
At times I have asked myself, why do I care how fast I go? It is not like I am going to qualify for the Olympic trials or anything, so why push so hard? My answer to that is because I like the challenge. I enjoy pushing myself to see what I am capable of (please remind me of this next time I have a speed session)!’
That is not for everyone. For some what is best for them is easy running. Some race, some don’t. There is no right or wrong; just what is right for you and your health! What gives you joy!
Now having said all that :)…..I am not totally looking forward to the next 4 days here, but I am trying to make the best out of it! It has been FREEZING here! My last several runs have been treadmill runs, (not my favorite….but I am super thankful that I have a nice treadmill at my house) and so will my next several. Monday’s high = -2!
Today’s run was 8 miles on the treadmill and I picked the pace up a little throughout to make it go by faster :).
This just cracked me up! This is a picture of the lake outside my house this morning:
Now, I am well aware of the many people who think that I am crazy when I run into adverse weather conditions….but at least I am moving and not just sitting there in this cold!!!!!
It just made me laugh!
What makes your journey joyful?
Anyone out there actually enjoy ice fishing?