It’s GLOBAL RUNNING DAY! As I’ve probably noted before, running has been a part of my life for a solid 10 years. I wasn’t the most athletic person growing up, even though I played sports as a child. Year after year it was soccer but it wasn’t until middle school when I started to try. Well fast forward 10 years, 2 marathons, 17 half marathons, and countless other races and I’m still running. It’s been my therapy, my friend (and how I make friends), and it’s been there through thick and thin (just like my quads…funny? Not funny? Can’t tell). While I’m pretty sure I’ll never have the legs like I did in high school (ahem, that was high school), I’m proud of where my legs have brought me and continue to carry me.
As I type, New York Road Runners is hosting a world record attempt for the most consecutive treadmill miles by a group of people. The goal is 200 hours and that would set them to finish around 8pm tonight at the NYRR Run Center. All runners can join in for one mile on the treadmill. It would be neat to be a part of such a record but I’m not sure work will let me out in time.
^^ Track is fun but not when it feels like you are running in slo-mo. Also where is the sunshine? Lately NYC has been gloomy and rainy…not cool
While I do love running oh so much, I’ve found myself in a bit of a funk and it pains me to say that. For the past few weeks every run has hurt or felt beyond difficult. I haven’t felt the joy in regular runs or even NP like I used to and I’m not sure what happened. I’m sure from all the above and from what my friends have said is that I need a break – something no runner wants to hear.
^^ 2 marathons, same great race outfit and a lot of memories
To be honest, the last two training cycles have done a number on my body. Did you know that for a lot of people, weight gain is more prevalent than weight loss during marathon training? Yeah, figured that one out. Now I’m sure much of that could be contributed to muscle vs. fat but when your body changes, you must figure out how to adapt. Currently I’m trying to figure out how to feel good again. I’m upping my cross training (swimming, yoga, etc.), taking a deep dive look at my eating habits and may even visit my friend Tara at her nutrition role at The Plate Coach for some tips. The problem I’ve had with seeing a nutritionist is what can they tell me that I haven’t read in the magazines and internet already? Well, there’s a little thing called personalization and just as one running plan won’t’ work for everyone, no one eating mindset/perspective works for everyone.
Ultimately my goal is to get back to the point of this post – running. I want to be able to feel good when I run and know that spending some time away from Strava or off the roads will do the mind and body good. Of course I’m not the best at practicing what I preach and have already planned to run the marathon relay at this weekend’s North Face Endurance Challenge. Instead of getting frustrated at how lethargic or slow I might feel, I will instead focus on running/hiking what I can and honing in on the excitement around me and just being outside with lots of like-minded folks – oh and not getting lost.
So, with that, “run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up” – Dean Karnazes.
Oh, and I’m also going to purchase a new pair of running shoes since I’ve hit 400+ miles and that might be a small part in my legs hurting on my run. Just a thought 😉