Heyyo everybody! Hope you all had an amazing weekend, whether it was a long one or not. We had a BBQ at my aunt and uncle’s camp site which was nearby. There is nothing I love more than spending time with family, but this time was different. Between this past year and my new job, I have grown up so much. First, freshman year taught me a lot about myself and how far I’ve come. Second, I am constantly talking at my job so it just carries over to home or wherever. I had a really fun time talking to my grandpa, step grandma, cousins, aunts, and uncles. And you know what? I wasn’t constantly thinking about food. I was simply enjoying my time with the people around me. Big changes right there!
But that isn’t my most recent realization that I’m talking about in the title. Yeah it’s a realization and a change, but I had another one.
I went on a run the other day and….uhhhh…it sucked. It was only 3 miles but I was constantly looking at my Garmin to see what my pace was. If I even got above 7:59, I would get mad at myself. And anything in the 9 minute, I would basically give up, mentally. I came home from that run defeated. I plugged my Garmin into my computer and cringed at the time I saw.
I decided to go on another run on Saturday. But this one was different. I told myself to only look at my watch every once in awhile. And if I was running a 8:00 min/mile or 9:00 min/mile or even 10:00 min/mile…who cares.
I run for me.
I run because I like the high.
I run for the alone time.
I run because I have too many running shorts.
Okay so maybe not the last one (sort of), but the main thing is: I run for me, myself, and I.
For my run on Saturday, I flipped my Garmin around so that the screen was on my wrist. That way, it would be harder to look at the time. I took it easy. And I liked it. Really and truly liked it! I would rather run 6 happy, relaxed miles than 3 unhappy, disappointed miles.
I did run the half marathon today, and I went in with that exact mentality. I didn’t care about time or pace. I just went with the flow.
I’ll post a recap on the race later but to sum it up, my time wasn’t great. But you know what, who cares?? I don’t. And I’m okay with that 🙂
Have you had any realizations lately?
Why do you run?