well, you guys asked for it! so here it is. a photo dumpy post all about my second favorite past-time, running (number one is my love affair with my camera, of course!).
gah, running. i love it, i hate it. i feel like my greatest joy from running is the sense of accomplishment i feel afterwards which means i like it the most when it's over. as you can see below, i'm the post-run selfie queen because after a run i feel SO GOOD. but during? sometimes it's awful. sometimes it hurts & i wonder how much longer til it's over. every now & then i hit my stride a few miles in, the right song comes on & i get that feeling like i could run f.o.r.e.v.e.r... i picture sam & my kiddos cheering for me at the end of a finish line & i run a bit faster. the "runner's high." that's the best.
running is addicting because it doesn't take long to see improvement. you go longer & faster with each run & it becomes super rewarding to see your progress. but that in itself can be dangerous because then each run has pressure to be better than the last & you're not just running anymore to run.
right now i'm training for my second half marathon. i'm using a training plan by hal higdon & trying to run this one under two hours (13 nine minute miles) but no big deal if i don't. i love the structure that comes with training for a race because it forces me out the door when i would otherwise probably find a reason not to go. it's raining, i'm tired, i'm having a good hair day, i already showered, i don't wanna push the stroller... all reasons that keep me from stepping out that door. oh & of course, it's gonna be hard. it's always hard.
things that help me on my runs: good music. a running buddy. knowing that i can slow down or walk if i need to. good shoes. compression tights. food in my belly. an empty bladder. a hat (i hate running with sunglasses & i hate running with the sun in my eyes). a new route. energy chews. a sunny day. a goal.
and that's that! seeing all these pictures & writing all this out has made me excited for tomorrow's run. i'm just doing three miles but i'll have the stroller & getting through any sort of run with those two in front of me is a feat. i'd love to know how many miles those two have ridden with me!
and i'd love to know about your relationship with running. why do you or don't you run? do you genuinely love every mile? am i the only one that pushes through just for the feeling at the end? or are there people out there that love every step of each run? i'm sure they exist but it sure isn't me. running is work. each time i run it hurts & it's hard. but for some weird reason i love it & i've ran too far to quite now.