Why my need for speed was killing my runners high

Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners!

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For the past few weeks, I haven’t been enjoying my runs.  At first my concern was that I was experiencing burn out.  The timing would not have been worse as I have two races coming up in February and want to put my best foot forward.  Plus I want to get as much running in now as the summer in Florida can be very trying on a runner’s resolve.  I tried taking a day off, but that didn’t really help.

Then I figured out the real reason for my “runners non-high”.  Recently I have been solely focused on improving my speed.  Even on my long runs, I strive for a specific pace.  While it is great to have goals, my “need for speed” was killing my joy.  So today I decided to just run.  I wore my Garmin, but was determined not to worry about the pace time.  At first it was hard, I was so tempted to keep checking my Garmin for my speed!  The good thing was it was chilly out and I was so focused on staying warm that I didn’t really have time to worry about my speed.  I also saw a friend along my running path and that also took my mind off of my time.  Before I knew it, I was a mile into my run.  My time was not what I strive for, but you know what?  It was OK!  I was having so much fun on the run.  Listening to music, mentally making a daily to-do list, checking out the gorgeous moon in the sky, I had plenty to focus on other than my time.

All told I did 4 miles and yep, my pace wasn’t were I wanted it to be.  But I came back in from that run completely happy and content.  The speed will come, it has already improved so much, so long as I continue with my speed work at least one run a week.  The other 2-3 weekly runs?  I am going to focus on having fun and enjoy myself.  I might even try to add more miles during my long runs (an even dozen this weekend perhaps?).  I am not going to worry about speed on that non-speed work day!  And you know what?  If I never get faster, if I can’t add any miles this weekend?  I won’t beat myself up about it.  I am going to be happy with where I am in my running journey and know that every single run is an improvement over where I was a year ago, a month ago.  Every single run is a blessing.

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

P.S. Have you had times where running wasn’t so fun?  How did you get out of your rut?

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