Today, I did my 200th run since I started running on 23 March 2012 (Thank you, Runkeeper, for keeping track!). It was 6.7k and I was well impressed with that. I never decide beforehand how far I will run, but see how my run feels along the way and decide on the go. I had not done a run over 5k in ages, as me and running go through phases and we fell out of love for a bit; I was happy if I even got myself to do 3k recently, and had trouble staying motivated, so this morning’s run really took me by surprise.
There are months that I LOVE running, especially in summer and weirdly, nothing makes me feel more alive than a rainy autumn run. The cool raindrops on my warm, sweaty forehead are quite cooling and pleasant, and the feeling afterwards when you get home and step under a hot shower is just awesome. There is no bad weather, only bad equipment. 🙂
I love running abroad as well and exploring a city while working out; my loyal running shoes have seen the pavements of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, Mauritius, Barcelona, Shanghai, Seoul, Hanoi, and we have been on many hotel treadmills together.
For me, running is not necessarily about being competitive, it is about being outside, getting out of my head for a bit, focusing on my body, my breath, my movements. During the months that I do it less and find it hard to get myself out there, I also notice that I am a bit more grumpy and moody (poor hobbit). So I have no clue as to why I find so hard to get myself out there at times as it does make me feel so much better, but it happens.
I really needed a run like today; it went smooth, it was lovely being outside and I actually enjoyed it; this will motivate me to go out again tomorrow (or well, the day after I guess, my poor leggies… 😉 ). I must say, the gorgeous scenery here in the UK helps as well, running along the Thames. It’s not that my running routes in NL are ugly, but I’ve seen them quite a few times by now…
What also helps me to go out there, is new gear. I scored a nice new pair of Bjorn Borg shorts on sale the other day when I went to get myself a skipping rope for some HIIT training. They have lycra pants underneath, which make them a bit less sexy perhaps, but a lot more comfi (and this also means I can wear them to my Pilates class without being worried that they ride up too high and show a cheeky bum-cheek to the person behind me).
Here’s hoping my current running crush will last a bit longer, as I
can really do with shedding a few holiday pounds would really like to get back into shape.