This week I'm counting down to my first marathon by posting some of my #12reasonstoloverunning
I posted these in the run up to Christmas last year and this week I'm looking back to remember all my favourite things about running.
Today it's an easy one.
Running makes you happy 😆
I remember, before I ran, driving home in the rain on dark winter days. Sitting in traffic looking at the crazy runners as they jog passed my window as I sat miserable gridlocked in my car. Why? I used to think. Why do they do it? Why?
It's ever so simple. Running make you happy. No, I'm lying, running makes you deliriously happy! Happy, happy, happy.
Some runs are just so good! You feel at one withthe world. Something just clicks, your breathing is right, rhythm is right, your body is in tune. You feel so alive. You feel like you are flying. It's such a high. Now I've been a swimmer, I've done dancing, gym classes but nothing, nothing, comes anywhere near close to that truly magical feeling you get when you're running.
On top of this is the extra feeling you get from achieving. From pushing yourself, from the weeks of training, the effort, the sweat and the pain. The day you achieve what you've set out to do? Well that feeling is just so unbelievably amazing. It stays with you beaming sunlight inside you for such a long time.
The photos above are all moments like this. My first #sub305k at #ashtoncourtparkrun, my 10k PB, running and finishing a half marathon. Beating my time in my second half only a week later.
They are all imprinted in my brain, my heart. Such special days. Now, being truthful they don't all feel like this. There are good runs, there are bad runs, euphoric runs and runs where you want to quit every second of the way.
Having felt the good ones, I'll keep going out there, pushing myself and chasing that feeling. The ones that make me feel like superwoman, they are just so good. Run happy! 😁
I've been super discouraged with running in the last few months, then I see pictures like this and remember how far I've come.
This was my first sub-30 5k, and I ran a 29:29. I was coming back from a bout of several anemia (really severe!). No matter how fast or far I run, I hope to never forget how this race felt, to finally crack the 30 minute 5k barrier.
I know I'll be just as elated one day when I break 20, too!
I was so excited to take a picture with all my family & friends (that "signed up") after the color run this morning, but who you see in the picture is the ONLY person that showed up. 🙄 in other news: ran a sub 30:00 5k this morning & I'm pretty stoked about that! thanks to the PVHS (Pahranagat Valley) cheerleaders for putting on an awesome event! Count me in for next year, and hopefully my "family & friends" who sign up can make it too! 😜💪🏼👊🏼🇺🇸❤️💙 #4thofjulycolorrun#4thofjuly5k#merica#loner#sub305k
Three easy miles on the treadmill followed by sprints. A 2-3 miler tomorrow and that's it. My 5K is Saturday. My first true attempt at my first sub-30 5K. My PR is from Nov 2013, and is 30:05. I ran a 30:42 six weeks ago, but did not attempt to race it for a PR b/c I was coming off an injury. I have been following the @themotherrunner Train Like a Mother 5K Own It Plan.
Do I feel ready? Yes.
But, sadly, as I feared, it is supposed to be HOT and sunny. There are a couple hills, but the new Riverbend 5K course is less hilly than previous years. I am still unsure how I should race each mile. I need roughly an overall pace of 9:20. I'm already so nervous. I truly am bummed that the April 5K I ran wasn't an okay time for this attempt, as it was cooler, and the course is flat. But I was injured and had to be smart. So this weekend it is. #MotherRunner#sub305k