Something pretty exciting happened this weekend. And then it happened again yesterday. And then it happened then again this morning.
I ran, of my own volition, and I enjoyed it. Granted, these runs took place on the treadmill because I am not hardcore enough to run in the heat, but they took place nevertheless.
To quickly recap my running history:
- I’ve been at it for about 2.5 years.
- I’ve run three half marathons.
- I’m slow, but I’m cool with it.
- I tried training for a marathon once, but I ended up hurt and not mentally ready for the challenge.
- Running doesn’t come naturally to me, and I don’t really love it, therefore I only tend to run when I’m training for something.
My basic running philosophy is that I run when I want to and don’t when I don’t. Ever since my last half in March, I haven’t wanted to. There have been a handful of random runs here and there but nothing regular.
However, all of a sudden I’ve been seized with a new motivation to work on my short-distance speed.
For me, this is to be able to run under a 9 min/mile without wanting to die. We’ll see how that goes and then go from there.
I’m enjoying this so far, it’s less time consuming and stressful than pounding out long runs and I don’t have to meet the goal by a specific date (although I do have one in mind).
I’m excited because my cardio has been pretty sucky lately. Sometimes I was barely even breaking a sweat and didn’t feel like the workout was even worth it. The best thing about running is the beastly sweat.
After a few months of this I’m sure I’ll get bored, so I’m putting this race out there as a major possibility.
Victoria posted about it yesterday and I was immediately intrigued. I’ve always wanted to run a 15K, it seems like a fun distance, but it all depends on my left leg, which tends to be an SOB no matter what I do to prevent it. So we’ll see.
Are you currently “training” for anything?