There are so many positive things that came out of Monday of which I am determined to implement/keep-up-with/follow-through-on!
Some important discoveries and thoughts from yesterday…
-Hal Higdon’s RUN SLOWER idea. (I know I have touched on this many times already (HERE and HERE), but I think yesterday scooting along the running section of Barnes and Nobles and reading Hal’s marathon training book… it finally sunk it– “Hey Andrea! How bout you listen to these incredible, incredible coaches and athletes who have made running and exercising their CAREER!”
-I did the most perfect recovery run I have ever done Monday evening!You all know I am awful at recover runs… I just can’t seem to accept that I should run slowly and relax. But last night, I ran with a friend, and we did the most easy and comfortable 5.25 miles at 8.07 pace!!! Success!! We chatted the whole way and my legs felt great and my breathing was super easy… it was so encouraging! This is how the rest of my runs will be for 2013 !! –> continue reading below for my reason for this!!
….and this last one is the big “decision” that I have made….
-I have decided to declare the Fall and Winter (if need be) to be 100% dedicated to Healing. Healing my tired legs, healing my mind, getting my body healthy no matter WHAT that looks like. I will be getting my period back, putting on weight, increasing my bone density…..
…basically what I am saying is I will NOT be worrying about running and my times and races. I will NOT be discouraged by bad runs or trying to push hard for PR’s.
My body is in the midst of a big change right now, and I am sure that my running is going to suffer a bit (or maybe a lot…) My runs may feel harder, and I may get slower…. But the important thing is not to let this discourage me from getting healthy. And if I was still trying to race and knock out PR’s… and yet not see my times drop… I would be mentally frustrated and want to stop all the nutritional progress I have made. I am way to competitive with myself to see negative results and not let them effect me mentally. It is a variable that I can easily remove…. so I will.
So to prevent this and to back getting healthier my #1 priority right now… I will just be declaring the rest of 2013 as my Fun, Relaxing Run Time!!
**BUT— I also know that once I get my body back to health and at the weight it needs to be in order for optimal function and menstruation… I will come back to running/racing stronger than ever. I will learn to use my new body and the strong muscle that will come along with it. I will be able to train and successfully complete a Half Ironman in the spring of 2014… I will be a stronger and more powerful runner.**
I am sure that while right now this sounds all great and peachy…I will get days where I just want to give up and race and push it and get my body back to what it looked like when I was faster…and it is days like that I will need to reread this post and my journal.
A happy sun set from last night to leave you all with 🙂
I hope you all have a great Tuesday and find something that makes you happy today!
Are you a sunSET person, or a sunRISE person??
Any Hal Higdon fans out there? Slow running ideas?