Then I stop running, go to Death Gym, go home, shower, eat, blah, blah, blah....and my mind is a blank.
Luckily, I do remember one thing from my run today.
I'm going to stop saying I'm slow. Sure, I'm slower than other runners. And I'm definitely much slower than I was a couple years ago. But, I am where I am. I'm not slow. I'm running the perfect pace for me, at this moment. Most of my runs are averaging the same-ish pace. And eventually, I'll start throwing in some speedwork (probably fartlek-type running, b/c I can't wrap my head around a track) and hills. But for now, I'm just running to run. To get back into it.
But damn it. For me, right now, I AM NOT SLOW. I am just running. So there. :)
Other things I learned/remembered during my run today:
- Running gets easier if you keep doing it regularly. I had forgotten that. Duh.
- Running in the rain is probably the best feeling ever. While I was at work, I was almost dreading my run. I kept watching the rain pour down. I told myself to suck it up. Then, when I started running, the ran had stopped and I was sad inside. Halfway through, it started misting, and by the time I was done, it was pouring. And it was glorious. Simply. Glorious. There is something cleansing, renewing, whatever, about running in the rain.
- I love the feeling of having to breathe deep while running....makes me feel like a machine.
- All the lifting I've been doing.....yeah. Helps with the running. (See....all this shit is connected.) Even though I started to feel tired-ish towards the end, my back/shoulders/core kept me upright, stopped me from hunching over, and kept my form (mostly) in check. Seriously. Never realized how awesome that could be. I bet I looked strong, even if I didn't feel it.
I'm not too big on "selfies" while running/working out, but I just felt so "in the moment" (if that makes any sense). And yes....I listen to music. That way, I don't have to listen to myself breathe.