Do you ever have those days when as much as you love running you have to work hard to remind yourself of that fact? This has been me lately. I hate to admit it but it’s true. I have been running on the treadmill the last few weeks which is not something I generally enjoy. It is insanely hot and humid and after my whole chafing gone wild incident I am a little weary about running in the heat right now. Plus, my usual running buddies and I have been on completely different summer schedules with vacations, injuries, and all the kids home. One of my favorite things about running is getting to run with friends. I don’t do it every run but during the school year it happens more than not which is WONDERFUL! So, I guess you could say I miss running with friends. I miss the conversation that is shared over pavement and sweat.
Thanks to my patellar tendonitis I took off several weeks from running this summer and although I cross trained it wasn’t quite the same. I am paying for it now. I know I needed the break mentally and physically but I am ready to get it back. While I am happy to be back in the running saddle again it has not been without some difficulty. I am now in week four of NYC training and my “easy” runs are not feeling quite as easy as they did in the spring. I keep telling myself that it won’t feel this way forever. I hope I’m right.
Today I had my first quality session of the week. Halfway through my workout everything in my body was telling me to quit. One of the only things keeping me going was knowing that I’ve made it through all of my other quality sessions without quitting so I better not start now. The thought crossed my mind (many times)- “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS??” I know I could be home in bed fast asleep. Instead I’m killing myself on this treadmill going at insane speeds pouring down sweat. It didn’t feel good. I couldn’t find a good rhythm. But I finished it. After guzzling down some water and catching my breath I remembered why I “like doing this.”
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I know it’s worth it. Nothing can describe the feeling you get after knocking out a tough workout. The feeling is even stronger when you set a PR in a race and accomplish a goal you’ve been training towards.
There are plenty of times I love running and enjoy every moment of a run. Then, there are other times when I question my ability and my potential. I know I need to continue to work hard and run through this “phase.” It will pass. I know all this hard work will pay off down the road.
Do you ever have those days when you have to remind yourself you like running?