This week we are talking about the ONE word that right now, at this very minute describes your running.
Running is mine.
The way I run is all mine. The time spent running is all mine. The races I run are all mine. The bling I earn is all mine.
Allow me to explain.
I recently joined a training to group to not only prepare for a half marathon, but almost more importantly to get some adult time and make some friends. Being a stay at home mom sometimes makes getting adult conversation and making new friends next to impossible. For awhile it went well. I was keeping up with the group, I was making new friends, I was getting faster, basically it was all good.
Then I twisted my ankle. Not a life shattering injury but an injury none the less. I took a few days off, tested it running at home and it felt good. Went back to run with the group and it was good until the next long run. And the head cold I got the next day. I was out of commission for 2 weeks. After that I just couldn’t keep up. And I wasn’t running my run/race. I was trying to run someone else’s.
In preparing for the Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K this past weekend I went out for an easy run Thursday. I had been training with the group running continuously, I wanted to take it easy so I decided to turn to my trusty Bridge to 10K app. The first run was run 10 min, walk 1 min, 4 times. Perfect. The first 10 min were a struggle, but I got it done. The second 10 min were worse. I was really struggling. I reevaluated. I ran the Princess Half Marathon in WDW in February and I trained for that using the Galloway method. I did 3 min run, 1 min walk. I started my Galloway half marathon app and started running again. Immediately my body was like “This is how we run. What the hell have you been trying to do?” The rest of the run was great.
At the Hot Chocolate 15K I used my 3/1 interval and I ran my best race.
Run your own race. Don’t worry about what everybody else is doing.
Running is mine.