Five years ago, I started my running journey.
I was at a loss for how to go about my recovery, and not only wanted a heart-thumping exercise of choice to go hand-in-hand with eating real foods (and keeping them down), and keeping my body healthy on the outside.
Not only did running help me shape the body I’ve always wanted; one that was capable of pushing past its comfort zones, one that was toned, fit, and lean, and one that I was proud to call my own, and comfortable to just BE in, running provided the escape I had been reaching for my entire life.
As the years went by, I got better and better, increasing my mileage and decreasing my mile time, suiting up even in the harshest winter chills and the most brutal summer heat waves.
I’ve completed four half-marathons, and have ran up to 19 miles multiple times.
After finally reaching a place in my recovery where I feel safe in my own mind, at peace with my own body, and comfortable with who I am, I’ve spent the last year decreasing my mileage and experimenting with different forms of exercise. I still run about 3-4 times per week, but they’re usually just 2-4 miles and I don’t keep track of mile times.
As much as I love pushing myself and training, I tend to be extremely hard on myself and never give my body a break when it’s screaming for one, so this past year of tapering has been freeing.
BUT, last night while I was on a run I thought would just be a regular old half hour around my neighborhood after work and before dinner, I felt it….my running high was back!
After my half hour was up, I didn’t want to stop for the first time in a while, so I kept going until I had gone about 5 miles. Now, I know it may not seem like a huge deal, but I haven’t WANTED to run five miles in over a year, and I let my body take the reigns for once and what do ya know, it feels like she’s ready to get back on the saddle and catch that running fever again.
I’ve been thinking about last night’s run all day today and I think it’s time to kick it up a notch once again.
Maybe only die hard runners will understand my giddy excitement thinking about making a training schedule or beating my best mile time, but I’m ready to RUN again.