The best kinds of runs are unplanned and unplugged.
It does not matter how far you go, or how fast you run.
All that matters is the enjoyment of the road that lies ahead.
Sometimes, we get too wrapped up in training.
Sometimes, we worry a little too much about pace.
But mostly we forget that…It’s okay to just run.
Leave the headphones and Garmin at home.
Listen, as the earth moves around you.
Feel the sun as it sets and breeze as it blows.
Smell the salt of the ocean in the air.
And let the stars guide you to a place of running bliss.
Don’t stop, until you fall in love all over again.
Tonight, I went on a late-night run when I came back home to my parents house for the weekend. It was my first real run since my fourth half-marathon. I took all of May off to allow my shin to heal. I have to admit going one month without running was tough. Getting back to the running grind was even tougher. I found myself obsessing over how much endurance I would lose, since I took a month off. I also found myself worrying about my pace. I was actually afraid to begin again. Until tonight.
Tonight I had no plans on running when I returned home. But when I found myself sitting on my couch, I had the motivation to lace up. So, without my Garmin or any plan of where I was going, I just ran. I had headphones in for a short time, but ended up ripping them out and listening to my surroundings. I ran under a beautiful star-lit sky and listened to the sounds of crickets hiding in the country fields. I wasn’t worried about time. I wasn’t constantly looking down at a watch. All I did was enjoy this wonderful “hobby” of mine. And for the first time in a long time, it didn’t feel like a chore to me. I fell in love all over again, which is what inspired me to write this whole post tonight.
I’ve decided I’m going to begin running randomly more. The past few months, I’ve lost a good portion of my motivation to run. Most of it was due to the wicked winter and injury recovery. I think “random runs’ will help bring back the motivation. I’ve gotten too caught up in bringing my pace down and running longer distances. Now, it’s time to just focus on myself and motivation to run. (:
Have a great weekend everyone!