A Running Renaissance!

It’s been one of those weeks. 2 weeks? I’m not sure. I’ve been off my game recently with blogging, (things have been crazy busy at work) but my running is undergoing something of a renaissance, and that’s well worth discussing

 

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I posted a few weeks ago that I was having a major eugh with running, and the general consensus from the comments was that I wasn’t well enough rested, physically and mentally, from the marathon in April- and every runner I’ve spoken to personally seems to agree with this.

 

However I think the turning point came last Saturday, when I went on a gorgeous trail run in Epping Forest with two fellow City Runners. It was the day before my birthday, and we ran gloriously slowly, walking the hills, taking in nature, and nattering about life, the universe, and everything. I didn’t stress about my Strava at all, and just enjoyed the fact that I was the kind of person who could run 12 miles on a whim. Amongst other things (terrorism, the Brexit, and our parents), we discussed my marathon fail (which it was pointed out to me, wasn’t really a fail), my lack of recovery, and most importantly, the club politics which had me on the verge of leaving. I hadn’t realised how much club politics had been pissing me off, and so it was good to vent and realise I wasn’t alone in my annoyance.

 

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Since that run, and since my birthday, I’ve made it my resolution to have more balance in my life- including a heavy dose of socializing, pizza and alcohol. Essentially I need to make the most of my off season to relax so that I can come back to serious training refreshed and ready to go. Queue: lots of rest, quite a bit of gorgeous, yummy food, and most importantly, some easy breezy miles. I’ve been too obsessed with running fast miles (or more accurately, being frustrated that my slow miles are much slower than everyone else’s). And so I’m running slow miles. I’m rediscovering my love for being out in nature, and not looking at my watch.
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There’s been some monkeying around too
So back to the point- that’s where I’m at. I’m making progress in my running, as far as the mental aspect is concerned, as well as freakin’ relaxing. I’m finding joy in the sport, and that’s the most crucial thing.

 

How do you get over being in a funk with running? What’s your week’s training been like?

 

 
Lots of love,

 

Pippa
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7 thoughts on “A Running Renaissance!

  1. I haven’t run for over a month!!!! Today for the first time in a while I feel like I really WANT to run…I’ll go for it later and see how I feel! Sometimes it’s much more enjoyable when your not running for training, pushing times or distance just doing what you feel like!

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  2. Belated happy birthday to you. Nice to hear you’ve started enjoying it again. There are times where one must forget that Strava isn’t the be all and end all, it’s merely a tracking facility for you. What everyone gets up shouldn’t really matter. Your run, is your run.
    Enjoy the feeling for sometime longer and I’m sure all that hard work will be paying dividends when you need it.
    Have fun, take care. K

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  3. Happy belated birthday, also, I just want to say I love this. We are so on the same page right now. I’m undergoing a running renaissance that looks just like this. Ever since I completed my marathon and have stopped tracking my run pace, stopped “training” and just run for fun and only when I want to, I have been so much happier overall. My motivation to run has actually gone up, I feel better and faster when I do run, and I have so much more energy and balance in my life.

    Kudos to you for having the courage to let go and blaze a new trail, so to speak. I bet you anything that because of this break, when you DO return to hard training, you will find yourself running better than ever. And even if you don’t – so what? Who in your life is going to think less of you because your paces aren’t as fast?

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  4. Happy belated birthday! I spent all last week (and especially this weekend) eating, drinking, and sleeping to my heart’s desire. It was wonderful. And always remember, there are plenty of people out there running “fast” miles, but that doesn’t mean they’re improving in their fitness or hitting their goals.

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  5. That plan sounds good – especially the pizza part. I’m sure it will help. Sometimes the pressure just needs to come off for a while.

    I’ve had a terrible running funk for weeks. I think I’ve only run 4 times in the last 3 weeks, but rather than stress about it and the fact that was losing fitness (mine goes so, so quickly), I decided to do some other exercise I enjoy, so I picked up my kettlebells for the first time in ages. I’m sure I’ll get back to feeling like I want to run, but I’m not putting pressure on myself to do it yet.

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