I debated whether or not I should even post a training update this week because I don’t really have much to say. After going back and forth for a while, I decided I may as well post the less than ideal training weeks too. I don’t want this blog to be a highlight reel of all the good runs I go on and all of the positive feelings I’m having towards training. After a big January (mileage-wise), this month started off a bit slow. I still ran last week but not quite as far or long. I think I went on three runs total and ran mayyyyybe 5-6km each time. Crazy considering I was running 30+ mile weeks up until this point. But you know what? I’m not even mad or disappointed.
I’m going to get a bit wordy here so bear with me.
For a really long time, running was everything. I went through a breakup almost two years ago and so running became something that I focused all of my attention on. It served as a distraction and helped me take my mind off things. It felt good to challenge myself, stay busy, meet new people, and allow myself to have new experiences. Running taught me a lot and I think I am a better, stronger and more resilient person because of it now.
I was constantly planning races and trips, making new goals and following training plans. At times, it felt like my entire life revolved around running. I was that girl who said “no” to a lot of things because my weekend long runs were a priority for me. Everything else came second and I didn’t want it any other way.
Things have taken a super fast and crazy turn this year and while I’m still mildly obsessed with running, I’ve realized that sometimes it’s okay to put it on the back burner. Heck, I was more than thrilled it was on the back burner last week! I hate to “vague blog” and I apologize, but it’s the way things have to be right now. I’m happy, I have other priorities to add to my list (running is still on there!), I’m making plans that *gasp* don’t revolve around running (for once!), and I am so excited. Never in a million years did I think I’d find myself here…but here I am.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m picking up my training again and claiming last week as “cut back” week. All I’m saying is that sometimes things don’t go as planned and that is totally okay. Maybe even more than okay. Just roll with it, enjoy it, and get back to the structured training when possible.
5km done for today and I’ve got an 8km run on the agenda for tomorrow! Feeling good and ready to rock this week.
Hope you had a happy Monday!