At least, it is true for me. I celebrated a small victory today and it’s getting me excited about the possibilities ahead. Lately I’ve been feeling pretty sluggish to the point were I just don’t want to do s*** (No better way to put it). I’ve already skipped the gym a couple of times (chances of making it the rest of the week are slim to none) and my desire to run has been none existent; but I had made the commitment to myself that unless I’m dying, I need to get up and run no matter what. That is the only thing that got me out running today.
This morning of course was one of the days that I just did not feel like getting out of bed to do anything, let alone run. 30 minutes of pep talk, a banana and peanut butter in my tummy and a cup of C4 later, I put my running gear on and out the door I go. I decide to go for a short 20 minutes run since there was nothing scheduled in my training. Instead of the usual tunes I play on my runs, I turn to “Fearless Motivation” for some added boost. 10 minutes brisk walk to warmup and there I go. I start running slowly. Pace did not matter to me at that point. I just wanted to be able to run. My major concern was my calves. I was afraid that once again they would prevent me to run. Remember on my last post “Getting Acquainted To My Foam Roller” I was on a quest to find a solution to my calf pain.
My calves hurt, just not as bad. That made me happy. Seems like foam rolling is definitely an effective way to recover. As painful as it is, I will make it my best friend from now on. Thank you Olena for that chart. I told myself I would push as far as I could. So, with the motivational podcast playing in my ears, my feet hit the pavement one step after another. There were no prompts (as usual) telling me to run or to walk. I think that was pretty helpful as well. I got lost in my run. The 10 minutes prompt came on, I told myself if I can run 10 minutes, I can go further. I decided I wouldn’t stop any earlier than reaching the end of the boardwalk. I got there, I then told myself I can go longer. I kept going. When I finally stopped for water, I looked at my phone. I had been running for 18+ minutes, 1.51 miles total. In my head I’m doing cartwheels and back flips. This is the longest I’ve been able to run nonstop since I’ve been running, ever. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that even though I have been running for close to 1 year, I’ve struggled with running without taking walk breaks. I’ve been able to go as far as 5 miles, but all with walk breaks in between. My recent Post “Am I A Runner If I Can’t Run 1 Mile Nonstop” might refresh your memory. I’ve researched and asked questions about it, now little by little I am breaking the barriers that I’ve built in my mind.
My goal for May is to be able to do a whole 2 mile run without stopping. I can see that I am slowly running my way up to it. I just need to keep it up. If I can just silence the little voices in my head telling me I’m tired, that definitely will be a plus for me, and of course keep from any injury as well. But it never really happens this way does it?
My only disappointment was to have stopped before the 20 minute mark. It was less than 2 minutes away. I know I could’ve done it if I had pushed myself a little bit more. On the upside, after these 20 minutes I realized I was out of my funk and could do a little extra so I made it to 30 minutes (walk-run).
This is all to tell you that “The Best Runs Come From The Days We Had No Desire To Run”. I’ve ben able to experience it a couple of times already. When you are feeling lazy, in a bad mood, not wanting to run, pick yourself up and go anyway, even if it’s for a short run. You will be happy you did. Take me for example.
What about you? Do you have any instances when you had no desire to run, but still did? If so, what happened? Where you glad you did? Did anything good come out of it? Don’t forget to share below.
In the meantime Stay Healthy and Keep Running friends!