Good Morning Fellow New Runners!
Admittedly, I sometimes
slack off change up my weekly running routine. Some weeks I’ll run 4 days, varying distances and speeds. Other weeks I’ll only run twice and the same distance each time. Depends on my mood, the time I have and yes, even the weather. The one run I rarely miss or mess with is my Saturday long run. My alarm is always set for 6am on Saturday and the clothes are always laid out. Generally the lengths vary from six to ten miles, but never less than that.
This past Saturday I missed my long run. Yep, didn’t even try to get it done. You know what? I’m OK with that. Let me explain:
Due to my recent uptick in running (coming back from my medical leave, I jumped back in full force) I am dealing with Runner’s Knee in both knees. One hurts when I run, the other hurts only when I am not running.
I worked all day Friday on, literally, 2 hours of sleep from the night before.
So when my daughter came crashing to my room at 7am on Saturday and actually woke me up, I felt a twinge of sadness and guilt for not running. However that all vanished when I stood up and my knees still hurt and when I realized I was still exhausted from my lack of sleep on Thursday. As my brain switched on, I decided would rather take the necessary breaks NOW vs. being sidelined in the throes of training for both races and even closer to the actual runs.
Sometimes we amateur runners need to remind ourselves that missing a run here and there is not the end of the world. Life gets in the way of our runs and not only is that OK, it is a good thing! There is more to life than just running! Shocking…I know! As we get closer to my big races I already know that my training will become a higher priority, but for right now, I am allowing other parts of life to consume me more.
The best part of missing that run on Saturday? Saturday night my daughter asked if we could go for a run Sunday morning. So we did. It was the most fun I’ve had on a run I dare say, ever. The run was effortless, the conversation fun and funny and once we were back on our street she climbed out of the stroller and wanted to run herself. Stopping to pick up the occasional leaf and to say hello to the slugs and bugs she saw, this actually became an interval session. It was a blast! If I had gone on my long run on Saturday I know I would have told her a run on Sunday was not possible. That mommy needed to rest. I would have missed out on this super fun, memory making run.
Enjoy the Run!