Now, as I watch the coverage of Ironman Kona (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, posts from friends, live coverage), I hear my inner superhero whispering to me. My inner "crazy"...my "I want to do that someday too!" Okay, so maybe I don't really want to put the time and energy into completing a full Ironman but watching this makes me think of all the things I DO want to do. There are still so many possibilities that are there for us! Anything can happen if we believe and put our heart and spirit into it. THIS is what watching something like this reminds me of. So inspiring!
I'm still in my HAPPY/RUN for FUN season with running. And I'm loving it. Such a good place for me right now. My body feels mostly WHOLE (besides the annoying left hamstring), I'm getting excited to marathon train again in late December, and I'm finding so much JOY in running again.
I felt almost giddy this morning as I woke up early to run in a race environment for the Bethel Half Marathon. I knew I didn't want to "race" this run. I wanted to run it for the simple JOY of running.
And that I did.
Within easy pace.
Smile on my Face.
Mile after mile of feeling like my legs would carry me at this pace forever.
A good feeling.
So thankful for runs like this!
.22 at 6:54 pace.
First place AG and a unique hand made award. I loved this event!
I'll take that 1:43:xx with a smile on my face! And a promise of more happy miles to come. Far from my fastest time but there's something to be said about just enjoying the run and feeling strong without pushing ourselves to our edge all the time. I like where I'm at right now with running. It's a good place. My 7:50's today made me just as happy as my low 7 minute average made me a couple of years ago. I'm not sure how I'll take on my Boston training but the goal so far looks like : ENJOY IT! This might mean taking it easy this time. And it very well might mean pushing myself for a bigger goal. Too early to tell. In the meantime, here's to finding joy in our runs!
1. Have you completed an Ironman or half Ironman? Do you want to? What about a triathlon of any distance? I'm not sure I'd want to put the amount of TIME into training for an Ironman or half Ironman. Just a lot of other things I want to do. I've never done a triathlon of any kind...I'd like to though!
2. What's one of your biggest "whispers" or goals that your "inner superhero" calls to you? My inner superhero whispers to me about so much more than running. Really, running or athletic goals aren't as important to me as other life goals related to career, making a difference, working with people in different ways, writing, etc. Really, I want to change the world. Ha!
3. What do you do to bring the JOY back to your running when you get in a running rut? I listen to my body and mind. When the desire isn't there, I don't force it. Giving my body a break from running almost ALWAYS means coming back happy and hungry again.