Sometimes in our running lives we need to simply run for the fun of it. That is what I did today. I have been concerned for a bit now that my speed is not coming back as fast as I would like. It is coming back but very very slowly. So today I decided for my 45 minute run that I was just going to have fun with it. Run a bit faster at times, run slower, but run I did. 45 minutes straight with absolutely no walk breaks so I was pretty happy.
One of the reasons why I started running was because I needed to lose weight. Funny thing happened though…when I started running, I learned how to relax, thing about things that were going on and most of all, I had fun. I had fun pushing myself. I had fun struggling. I had fun hit my times or my distance.
I think often times, many of us look at running as a chore. Something that we need to do to prepare for a race or to lose 1 more pound. It doesn’t have to be. Running can and should be fun. So I am determined to make it fun. The big question however is how do we make running fun? I think this is a great question! We make it fun by not focusing on a set distance or a set speed or pace. I told myself I am going to run for 45 minutes today and I really don’t care how fast or how far I go. And that is what I did. And I enjoyed every single minute of it. Wasn’t fast or far but it was fun. I was thinking about so many things. Some work related, some personal…but the last thing I thought of was distance or speed.
MAKE RUNNING FUN!!!!!!!!
On a personal note last week was my first cut back week and I needed it badly. Only lost .2 pounds 😦 but that put me at a 10 pound total weight lose since I re-started my journey 5 weeks ago. I am happy with that. My mileage is increasing and my total running time is increasing. Overall I would give myself a grade of B-…still a LONG way to go to be ready for the half marathon in May but I am increasing my running time by 2 more minutes every day and next week starts the hard stuff. Here is to training 🙂