Well it has been 4 weeks since the marathon. I was hoping to run twice a week until half marathon ramp up begins in August/September. Life has interrupted that just a bit. I did not run on Monday since it was Memorial day and things just got in the way. I was surprised to find myself feeling anxious and just plain antsy all week. Thankfully I was able to run on Friday.
Super husband and I took off for a 5 mile causeway to beach and back run. It. Was. Glorious! There was a breeze lovely sea breeze. In addition, it was so so so nice to run a different route than I had been training on for months and months and months. There were new sights to see, and a causeway to climb….ahhhhh:) We made it to the beach and took a brief break before hoofing it back over the causeway. At the top we stopped to watch a long line of sting rays swoop under the bridge. There was a beautiful Manta Ray in the lead…a sight I have never seen in the Indian River! In short, it was a really nice run. My legs felt strong, I felt happy and relaxed…I repeat, it was a Really Nice Run.
I was worried when I signed up for the Marathon, that I would lose my desire to run after such intense training. I mean really…I went into training only marginally tolerating running in the first place. I was afraid that so many months of intense training would burn me out and turn me off of running entirely.
Luckily, I have found the opposite to be true. I enjoy running now even more than I did before. I will admit to even…gasp…NEEDING to run. I was all spun up this week after missing my Monday run, yet the stress just melted away as the miles flew by this Friday.
I will finally admit it…not only am I a runner…but I do really like to run…and part of me really needs to run on a regular basis. Running has become my reboot button if you will. Running is me time…God time…and when Superhusband joins in, its also us time. Its the few times in the week where the phone, TV, to do list, endless demands, cleaning chores, and inner critique just shut off…I move, I run, I breathe…Ahhh. No matter how inadequate I feel for the demands of my day…when I am running I feel strong, I feel capable, I feel like I am enough. Its really nice to be reminded of that first thing in your day…it certainly sets the tone for the rest of the day!
I am a new creation from what I was when I started my running journey, and yet I know I am still a work in progress. In August/September I will start officially training again, and ramp up into those longer, grittier runs…but for now I am truly enjoying running for the joy of it. I can’t even imagine how strange that would have sounded to me 8 months ago!