Today was one of my best Summer Beach Runs. Period, exclamation point. Everything clicked, I felt fabulous, I could eat the tacos at the post race celebration! This hasn’t happened in at least 5 years of running this 5 miler. Rewind my Saturday day reel to this morning…I was not in my happy place. I forgot my group sign, people were gathered in their group cliques, everybody looked cute as a super hero. I felt like Megamind: alone and annoyed. Oh yeah, I dressed like a villain-no wonder. Then our Galloway directors were talking about tempo runs; okay-so I gave it a go. Except my group decided to do all 5 miles as a tempo run-I’m going to die!
Really rewind back to Thursday. I needed 5 miles. I was stressed at school with rituals and routines, worried about my husband, and worried about my oldest moving out of state. So that afternoon, I laced up my shoes and went for a afternoon run. I hated everything: the heat, drivers who wouldn’t let me cross in the crosswalk even though I had the walk signal, the sidewalk lip, sweating…but when I got home I was at peace. Everything was right in the world. That’s the beauty of a run, swim, or whatever you do to exercise. It puts everything in perspective.
As annoyed as I was with this damn tempo run this morning at UNF, at the end I felt my mood lighten. Thank you my lovely Jax Galloway group!
So today, I made a deal with myself for SBR. I would run /walk/run it, I would not worry about AG placement but trying to get 50 minutes, and just enjoy the act of running. I can’t compare myself to other runners in races because I don’t know where they are coming from. I have only been running for 10 years-it’s okay if my performance is not always stellar. Just like Thursday, sometimes run suck! It’s a tiny setback that you can rebound from with the next workout.
So talking about an awesome run…I smiled, I waved, and thanked the volunteers passing out water. A. runner friend was having a difficult race so I told her to smile, it relaxes you. Maybe that’s why I felt like I was floating down the beach. The worst part was the soft sand at the end before the boardwalk-extra walk opportunity. Then…done with a grin from ear to ear.
Ta-da! I love running
Will every run be like today? Probably not, but any mind tricks to help; yep I’ll take it. No matter how crazy or stressful my life can be; I know I can fall back on my runs to make things all better.
Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,