Today I decided to do a run because I wanted to and not because I had to.
As some of you know my daughter is making the trip home this weekend and as much as I enjoy running, I want to spend as much time with her as possible.
Earlier in the week I'd discovered that my local Parkrun for Saturday had been cancelled so it was run today or wait a whole 6 days before running again. Earlier in my new running life, I'd have taken a 6 day rest but now that thought terrified me 😱. So after dropping my daughters at school and heading home(I have a well timed training day at my school), I headed out the door with the thought to just run for 30 mins and see how much distance I can travel.
Started out with the wind in my face which I'm sure was trying to push me back from where I'd started!! Plodded on with the automated lady on Map My Run telling me I'd run 1km, then 2km and then 3km. I decided that I would run to 4km and then I would take my cool down walk to my front door.
But no, my head and legs had other ideas. My head was telling my legs to just carry on. My pace was comfortable, my breathing was rhythmic, my feet were lightly kissing the ground, the dog walkers were chatty, the weather, although a little breezy, was just right for me so I carried on and stopped at 5km. Imagine my surprise when I realised that my today's timing was a minute quicker than Wednesdays!!
I am totally in love with running and with the acknowledgement that I can do this comes an inner peace and calm that I never thought I'd find.
After running my fluffy head space is clearer, my energy levels are sky high, my endorphins are running round in their thousands sending feel good love everywhere, my skin looks healthier, my fitness levels are increasing with every run, my love for the outdoors has doubled and I am having uninterrupted sleep at night!! What more could you ask for?!
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend whatever you're up to as I know I will 😊😊😊 See you next week 😘