I had a pretty stodgy food crave yesterday for some reason (bread, potatoes & cheese but resisted that one) and wasn’t feeling my most comfortable for a run today, but I committed myself to running another 5k today as my last consolidation run. I also wanted to shake off that feeling of heaviness. So I set out to one of my favourite spots, Coate Water Park to run through the trees again.
I chose a 50 minute Headspace run! This would be my longest run ever, but I wanted to be relaxed and just enjoy my run. I knew the gauge had to be set to slooooow 🐌 and if I needed to stop, so be it. I ran slow, very slow. But I ran all the way! I was totally lost in my run and when I was told we were coming to the end of the run, I had guessed that we might have about 15 minutes left. I resisted the temptation to look during my run when it came and just kept on. It doesn’t matter to me, so I committed to run my way. It’s about headspace and running free of thinking too hard. Plenty enough of that done in the other 23 hours of the day.
I am proud to say I completed my 2nd 5k! 5.31k to be exact and actually that’s slow, but boy the joy of running your own way is immense.
I have also come to a conclusion in what running needs to be about for me and it’s not speed or distance it’s just the joy of being able to run. I’m sure that my speed will increase in time and therefore the distance too, but my main focus is for me to keep showing up and keep running. I don’t have a programme that I’m following and I’m not thinking of starting one right now. My journey is not yet complete. There’s still potential to grow and I want to continue becoming a better runner, but I’ve decided to set out in post grad wilderness a bit more and probably post once per week going forward.
I absolutely love this forum and all of the runners at all stages! We are all awesome! I will also check in and give cheers and shouts to you all as often as I can. Keep running, it’s so worth it!! ❤️❤️