Today’s run was a run to beat the rain. Rain had been forecast to begin around noon, so I managed to get out by quarter of 11. I wasn’t as fast as I could have/should have been but I am fairly sure that my 4th mile should have been faster because I forgot to pause my watch at the stoplight! Overall, I felt pretty good, despite being a bit sore from 2 hours of Pilates the evening before.
Today’s recovery included foam rolling, an epsom salt bath, and an hour sports massage. It hurt so good and was much needed. Definitely something to keep in mind as training ramps up. I’m sure I’ll be getting another one sooner than later!
I know I carry on a bit about pace and worrying about it overall, but today while I was on my run I took some time to think about why I was really doing all of this. It’s not because I want to be the best runner in the world, but because I want to be the best me I can be. I know I might forget about this in the midst of all the training and running and worrying about not being fast enough. But in the end, an 11 or 12 minute mile will still get me across the finish line.
Day 2: Motivation I thought about this while I was running this morning. What exactly is my motivation? When I started running (more seriously and consistently) 4 years ago, it was a means to an end; to lose weight and to get a better handle on my mental health. It's much more than that now. It's not about winning races or getting PR after PR. It's about building a better me for the future. I don't want to get to 50 or 60 and beyond and end up immobile and unwell. That's not the future that I want. And every mile, every pilates class, every gym session gets me closer to that goal. That's my motivation. #xxfitness #xxrunners #instarunners #xxfitpicsaug
I meant every word I said earlier. I don’t want to go back to the person I was 4-5+ years ago. I was miserable and unhappy and I wasn’t living a healthy or my best life. I was miserable, fat, and didn’t want to do do anything or go anywhere. I was ashamed at what I had become. And now, while I’m not exactly where I would like to be, every day I am getting closer to it.