I’m guessing that if you read that title, you might know that it’s a guest post, but just in case…let me introduce Christine from Love, Life, Surf. She’s one of my favorite reads because she is so well-rounded, both as an athlete, and as a person. I’m thrilled to finish out my week of guest posts with one of hers. Check out her great perspective on running:
Considering that I am writing this for Miss Zippy and I know a lot of you are fast runners, the title if this post might sound heretical. But let me explain myself.
I am a competitive person by nature. When I run, I tend to focus on how fast I run and if I can run the loop around the park faster than last time. That means that I’m often running faster and harder than I necessarily should. And we all know, that’s not good.
Aside from being hard on my body, it’s also been hard on me mentally. Over the spring, I started to have lackluster runs. My legs felt heavy and stiff. The worst part? I started to lose my love for the run. I was burnt out.
But then a funny thing happened. I started slowing down on my runs. This was in part due to necessity, given the crazy heat and humidity this summer on the East Coast (and really everywhere), which has caused my asthma to act up. I really couldn’t keep up with my normal “pace.” It seems like a simple enough thing to do – just run slower – but it’s hard!
However, I’ve found that since I’ve slowed down, I’ve enjoyed my runs so much more. I don’t dread running. While it may take me longer to run my normal route, I now take the time to look around me and take in my surroundings. I also don’t feel as wiped out or sore afterwards.
Despite the fact that I’m running a minute or two slower per mile than I “normally” run, I don’t care. If running slow means that I will continue to find joy in my runs, I’m OK with that.
When you’re in a running rut, how do you rediscover your love for running?
Christine is a mom, runner, yogi and wannabe surfer. She authors the blog Love, Life, Surf where she shares stories about her experiences as a mom who is trying to balance work, fitness (running, yoga, workouts, surfing), family, and healthy living, and the lessons that she has learned through these experiences. She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.