My plan to stay motivated is working so far. I got up and did my week 11 day 2 run at 6:30 this morning.
Right from the start, this was a very different beast from Sunday’s run. There was more wind for one thing, and I got slowed down in multiple places trying to cross busy streets. As awesome as it is to run by the water, I think the lakefront trail is just not my running space. When I finally get back on a bike, though…
Anyway, I could feel almost as soon as I started running that this wasn’t going to be quite the triumph my previous run was. I felt more fatigue in my hips and legs, probably from all those weeks of slacking off, and I just felt slow. Almost ungainly.
Fortunately for me, I run in a mindful state. As quickly as these thoughts comparing today’s run to Sunday’s came up, they just washed over me and kept going. I had a lovely moment of clarity somewhere around mile 4 or 5.
I was not racing against the Maggie who ran on Sunday. Nope. I was racing against the Maggie who wanted to stay home and drink tea in my pajamas. And would you look at that? I had already won.
That thought gave me the motivation I needed to truly let go of any negative feelings towards myself and my performance. I was able to fully enjoy the sensation of being in my body, and luxuriate in the hour I had set aside to do nothing but run right at the start of my day.
Suddenly, I was full of joy. Even that next red light traffic jam couldn’t get me down.
Taking the time to drink half my protein shake and write in my journal before heading out to run makes a huge difference in my performance. The food is obvious: it gives me some fuel instead of running on empty. The journaling is great too: writing out all the things (external and internal) I am grateful for puts me in a positive and capable state of mind.
Choosing routes that go along a lot of busy streets is fine at 6:30 am on a Sunday. On a weekday… let’s just say I did more jogging in place than I would ever want to again.
- Total distance: 5.9 miles
- Avg pace: 8:41/mile