If you follow me on Strava, you’ll notice I haven’t logged any runs there in the last few months. After breaking up with my ex boyfriend, I wanted a little privacy about my location. Not that he is a runner, but there was some drama. But I also didn’t have any races in my calendar that I was training for. It’s nice to not get so focused on my distances and times or how I’m improving and just go out and run.
I still take my music most days (you can find my Spotify running playlist here). Although it’s probably a good idea to do some runs without my music since some races don’t allow music!
But it’s nice to just go out and run based on feel. Instead of worrying about my time, pace, or any other stats, I just run whatever feels comfortable. It’s a little hard to not look at the watch and check my pace. And I still set goals for how far I want to run most days, but I’m way more flexible.
I don’t push to be within a certain time range, and if I’m not feeling 100% I’m more okay with skipping/swapping a run or finishing early. While I still try to push myself to get some run in, I listen to my body and don’t want to push myself. Like I said, it’s been a chaotic start to the year so running helps to reduce some of my stress. But getting rest is equally as important!
It’s also nice to just lose myself in my runs again. Sometimes running becomes a chore when you’re constantly training for something. I needed a little down time to remind myself why I love running.
I normally keep my schedule full of races. It keeps me motivated to run and because I’m so competitive (even with myself) I like to work hard in my training to see improvements. I also just find so many beautiful races that I want to do (as you can see in my race schedule for the rest of the year)!