Hello and happy Tuesday to you! [Would you believe that I actually just typed “Friday”? – sheesh! Slow down and enjoy the moment, Bon. ] Well on this beautiful TUESDAY, I’m thankful for yesterday’s beautiful run! Sunday night I checked out my schedule and saw that I had no clients until the evening (not so usual for my Mondays) and decided that I would go for a long run since I had rested completely for two days over the weekend. I went to bed excited and anticipating putting some long miles in (you know, for my “training” for “nothing” – just love to run!) but as the day began my to-do list grew.
Eventually, at 12:30 pm, I found myself finally headed out the door in my workout clothes I had put on at 8 am, ready for some long run action. Loaded with a few sermons and my fuel (see the video below), I began my trod under a very sunny sky. Although the wind was gusting, it was for once not a cold wind, so as I warmed up I gulped and shed my layers, one by one under trees as I ran, and took a chance on the weather.
Needless to say, I ended up running for just over 3 hours in a t-shirt! in January! in Calgary! and was one happy runner by the end of the those miles.
I ran on paved trails, snowy trails, melty trails, around the reservoir and in neighborhoods. The wind was sweet when it was at my back; I trudged along, head down, like a soldier when it was in my face; the sermons filled my ears and hearts with great thoughts; the songs made me actually sing out loud at different spots along the run. What a release! What a fun run! What a different to run when rested! [Gotta keep working on the rest thing, right Lindsay?!]
As I finished up, I felt like I could have continued on! It continues to be in the back of my brain – a marathon. Not signing up for one or racing one (although hopefully someday), but just going out and running one. Perhaps if I had gotten out earlier; today wasn’t the day as I had to get ready for my clients, but the thought always plagues me on any run over 15 miles (which I know is a jump to 26.2!): could I just go for it?
I think the idea of really pushing myself distance-wise came after I read Born to Run (you can read my review of the book here). I don’t believe all the same running rules that can be found in the myriad of running books and magazines like Runner’s World (which I subscribe to and enjoy, for the record!). Take how often we should rotate our shoes, for example. I know if people have specific feet/knee problems they need to be more careful, but if we learn to change our running style and slowly transition out of beefed-up, highly padded shoes, we won’t need to replace them every X-amount of miles after the cushion’s gone (or after the pro’s tell you to retire them). Think about what people used to run with – little canvas shoes or barefoot! That’s just one example, and a possibly controversial one at that, but what reading that book did was challenged what I thought I could do. I’ve experimented with my fuel while running, I’ve learned to listen to my body on the road and I’ve learned that we are capable of so much more than we often give ourselves credit for! The human body is an incredible thing; combined with the mind we have been given it is capable of even more.
What do you think? Do you subscribe to the “rules” of running (adding only 10% extra a week to your mileage, changing your shoes like clockwork, etc.)? Or do you buck the trends and still survive?
I don’t mean to put following any “rules” in a bad or negative light; there’s a reason those rules were created and are followed; they work! But I’ve found so much freedom in my running by going by what my body can do because my mind says “Go for it! You’ve got fuel, you’ve got time, and you’re rested. Give it a shot!” I’m not injured yet; I’m running happy so far! …but these really are just my two cents and I wouldn’t encourage someone who has never ran before to get out and run 10 miles. Hopefully where I’m coming from makes sense.
On that note, let this
Friday Tuesday continue! Keep living well and being well! If you’re looking for a great addition to your strength training routine, check out this week’s Tuesday Trainer and give some of this week’s “Go-To Vanity” moves a shot (can you guess what mine is?!).
And to my runner friends out there, RUN HAPPY!