That is a bold title, is it not?
The greatest run, Andrea? Yep. That’s what I said!
Yesterday, after a wonderful, forced day of rest and pampering I literally woke up craving a run and so so excited because I knew I got to! A reward for a rest day is a run day, right!
Sleep has been bad again lately, so I got up insanely early (4:35am– ouch) and ate lots of apples, drank my coffee, and had my multiple bowls of Kashi Granola and Kashi Go lean 🙂 I didn’t run until 9:45am, so of course I had plenty of handfuls of animal crackers to hold me over and give me some energy for my run! ((see how well I am learning to FUEL my body so it can perform at its optimal level??))
I drove over to Eagle Creek Park and decided a long slow trail run was just what I wanted to do!
And it ended up being the greatest run ever.
No music, and I started off slow, with no distance/pace in mind. I got lost on the trails, and lost in my thoughts. Before I knew it, I had run 10 miles.
I couldn’t stop running. I didn’t want to stop running. If it wasn’t for the fact that I had to go to the bathroom so bad and the closest port-a-potty was where my car was parked, I probably would have kept going and going…
I felt so strong, and had an endurance in me that I have not felt before. My legs never did get worn out. No aches and pains kicked in… I couldn’t believe that I had just raced a triathlon on Sunday, and by Tuesday I was feeling amazing and easily running 10 miles. I was shocked and thrilled.
All this, I am convinced, is due to finally admitting I have disordered eating and tackling it head on this summer. I have put on weight, worked on balancing out my eating, slowed down my running, reduced my quantity of workouts for quality workouts, and faced my mental demons head-on.
I cannot tell you how encouraged I am in the improvement in my workouts. I know that the goal is HEALTH and not RUNNING, but since I have been eating more and gaining weight (according to my clothes, not the scale. I don’t do the scale thing anymore) I find that I really don’t care about my weight/what I look like when I see how well my body is responding the the extra fuel.
Seeing these changes (not necessarily in the speed of my runs, but in my endurance and strength) is keeping me motivated to continue on the path that my doctors and I have set out. I leave for school in just a couple weeks, and am very very nervous to be on my own, but I am gaining confidence through every run/workout that I can do this and my body needs and wants me to do this.
Yesterday’s run was perfect and amazing in every sense. And its funny… because a few months ago I would only label a run “perfect and amazing” if I was setting some brutal pace and PR-ing a distance. Now, I don’t even think about that. I dub a run “perfect and amazing” when I am smiling, happy, strong, and already looking forward to the next one!
Have an amazing day everyone!
Do you ever run without music? Like it or hate it?
Trail runners or mainly road runners?
–I am mainly road.. but lately I have really been digging the trails. So much more exciting and beautiful! Also, the dirt is so much softer on my knees/ankles/joints (gosh I sound like an 80 year old!)