Hello my sweet pals! I hope you are feeling loved and happy and warm tonight. I am curled up drinking hot tea with milk and honey while I type this and it's just feeling really wonderful. I wanted to tell you about my run today because I feel like we may be at a breakthrough moment. You know when you are running/training/grinding for weeks and weeks and maybe you start to wonder when the improvements will peak their lil heads out from your legs and super-mario charge you up the climb? Yes, yes we all have felt that before.
I'm writing this on our porch with our twinkle lights sparkle and dinner cooks in the oven. I was feeling very content until I saw a news update about a particular piece of legislation I was invested in; I'm doing everything I can to not let it deplete me. Remaining hopeful in horrible circumstances is sometimes all you can do to fight the good fight!
In an effort to remain positive and receive and send uplifting messages I decided to draft up a piece following all things that are currently providing love and light in my life. I'm hoping by sharing these (both running and not running related) we can all feel inspired to run with our hearts and pursue things that scare us!
Since I started long distance running almost 8 years ago, just about all of my training has been completed using a more flowy approach. I like to call it "intuitive training" because it makes it feel a little more official which is ironic because the pure nature of intuition is less structure and more freedom. I am no coach or trainer so take it all with a grain of salt. This is just what I've been doing for a long time and I wanted to share some details behind it. Hope ya like it and let me know if you ever use any of these techniques or let me know others that really work for you!
Yesterday had doubles running through it and it was amazinggggg. It was not really super intentional, but I knew Brian was going to be away for most of the day so I had a lot of me time and what does me time equate to in our house? running or sleeping. This brought me back to our long distance days when I was literally doing doubles all the freaking time (when I wasn't injured..) because I was sad and any open minute I had was filled with running. It didn't matter if it was 930 and I was getting off a 10 hour shift, getting home from school, or preparing to go into work, I was out and running. Even just for a few miles, in the dark or the rain, never with music, just my body, my mind and the road.
I'm sure this happens with other's training, but I have been craving a change in my training. I took it niiiiice and easy after the marathon and over the holidays, really not stressing about my runs or workouts at all. If I ran that day, awesome. If I didn't, that's still totally fine. Of course if a few days went by without a run I would start to feel a little funky and I'd make sure to spend some time outside that day. But that time is starting to feel like it's passed. It's almost February now, I traveled to Oregon, started last semester of grad school, started internship and change is in the airrrrr. Run imitates life, life imitates run. The ebb and flow, always changing in little ways.
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."