Wow, yesterday’s post was the most popular ever on this blog! It is so funny, as I had originally written about my horrible run and then decided to delete the post and write something positive. There is a lot of good in running and it doesn’t depend on how you feel. In fact, I would say that most of the time I don’t feel great while running. Weeks like this week make me wonder why I run. But I must say, even though this week has been a rough run week, I still went out and ran. Even though I felt like my legs are full of concrete, I still did my 7 miles a day. That is why running is so important to me. It builds endurance, perseverance, patience and determination. These are qualities I didn’t have a year ago when I started. But now I look at my world through these qualities.
Yesterday was another “ugh” run. I decided early on that I would mute my iSmoothRun app and just run at whatever pace I wanted to run. In fact, in the beginning I told myself that I would run the slowest run I have ever run, just to take the pressure out of it. It didn’t help much. By mile 3 I was ready to head home and cut my losses. Then I thought that I could just run one more mile. Then I ran another. By that time I was far enough away from home that I ran home and hit my goal of 7 miles at my driveway.
Here are my thoughts on why this has been a difficult week for me. Yes it has been hot. Yes it has been humid. Those things will make a huge difference, but I don’t think that is why my running has been off. The reason I think it has been a rough week running is because I am not 30 anymore. What I mean by that is, a 30 year old can run 14 days in a row and not feel it as much. A 50 year old, not so much. As you may recall, on my Monday off day, TJ and I went for a 4 mile run. Not only that, but we ran 2 miles in a hilly neighborhood. Not only that, but I went for a 2 mile walk that afternoon. That was my off day. Now I am paying for it.
Going back to the beginning of this post. Even though my legs hurt, my knees hurt, my hips hurt and each step is difficult, I still go out each afternoon and run. I have to. It is engrained into me now. Tomorrow is only a 4 mile day, so I have decided ahead of time to take it off so that I will feel better by my long run day on Sunday. Looking back, 2 years ago I couldn’t even get out of a chair to take a walk. A year ago, I was running 2 miles in 24 minutes. Yesterday I was disappointed at running 7 miles in 1:03.
Yes, I am thankful for all I’ve learned over the past year. I am thankful for each of the 1,300 miles I’ve run since a year ago last March. Everything has changed and most of it is good. Not many people can say that they feel the best, are in the best shape and are the healthiest when they turn 50.
I just hope it continues.