I firmly believe in my head and heart that I GET to run rather than HAVE to run, yet I often have to remind myself of this fact. Lately running has felt like something I have to do instead of something that I make time for because I enjoy it.

At night I always go through the next day in my head. My thoughts include all the things I’m going to do tomorrow as well as all the things I’m going to stop doing tomorrow. I have the best of intentions every night of my life.

For the past 6 months or so running and I have had a very up and down relationship. One second I feel on top of the world, the next second I question why I still run. I debate deleting my blog weekly because what does someone who isn’t confident in their running have to offer anyone about running.

My girlfriend Claire – who I love for so many reasons, {I won’t even begin to bore you with the details} wrote me not too long ago with three simple words.

Find Your Strong.

 

If you have been following along this blog for the past 5 years or so you will know that Saucony’s Find Your Strong ad campaign means a lot to me, and I’m fairly certain it always will. When I utter the words Find Your Strong on a run – it feels less Saucony and more me. I imagine or hope that some of you feel this way with the phrase I Run This Body. Both of these phrases are about more than just running.Find Your Strong Headshot

This morning instead of feeling overwhelmed with all that I had to get done today and all the things I already knew I didn’t have time for – I reminded myself that I GET to run. If I am going to go out there and run 8 miles why not enjoy those 8 miles instead of rushing through them stressed so I can check off one more thing on my to-do list for the day.

I believe it’s good to have running or working out as something that you schedule in each week, but it is also important to remember why you are running, or why you started. For me running isn’t just about being fast, or about having something to talk about – it’s not about burning calories or even so much about working out — I run because I love it – truly, madly, deeply as the saying goes. I don’t feel normal when I am not running – it is air to me – I need it.

This morning as a cruised along my favorite trail – I felt something come back. I didn’t feel like a slug pulling it’s oddly shaped body along – I felt like a machine – like everything was working together – mind, body, soul. I even managed a couple of fast for me miles, which gave me the energy that I needed to take on this day. I’m confident my relationship with running will be back on track soon, very soon.

Life is good.

  •  mile 1: 8:08
  • mile 2: 8:05
  • mile 3: 8:16
  • mile 4: 8:09
  • mile 5: 7:46
  • mile 6: 6:43
  • mile 7: 6:32
  • mile 8: 7:44

8.18 miles — 1:02:45

 

Comments

  1. I love when I feel like a machine when I run, haha! Feels good! I ran my first sub 8 min/mile this week (it was 7:5) and I only did 2 miles (the next was 8:23) and I have no idea how you do that for 26.2! I gave it my all and felt like I was sprinting those 2 miles, haha!
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  2. Awesome!! So glad you had a good run!
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  3. Just to encourage you, I love your blog, it is more inspirational than any “perfect” runner’s blog I read. You are real. Real about life, being a mom, and running. I love that because that is where I am and I can relate with someone who doesn’t jump out of bed every morning feeling perfect. That being said you motivate me to push myself too, because your mile times rock mine :) So keep on keeping on!

  4. I loved this post! I started reading your blog a few months ago and it’s been so inspiring! But this post in particular really “hit the nail on the head” for me. I often get asked why I run so much, so long, etc. and when I try to explain it to people it ends up being harder than I first expect. But you are so right, running is absolutely something I need! It’s my stress reliever, it’s my way of feeling in control of something and my chance to feel strong on a day when I might feel weak and/or out of control. Running grounds me! And yes, running is something I GET to do! Everything you wrote about here, just know you’re not alone and that your words and thoughts do relate with others and truly do inspire!
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  5. I love your post today. Today was my first day back running since I was injured 7 weeks ago. I am truly thankful that I get to run. I missed it so much and feel that running has become such a huge part of who I am. I hope that I never feel like I “have” to run and remember how great I feel that I “get” to run.
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  6. So glad to hear that you had a good run! Some days we have good runs and some days we have bad runs but in the end the best part is just being healthy and able to run!
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  7. I have been feeling like this for weeks, its been a struggle and I know its my own stress anxiety issues.

    You are a fantastic runner and I love your blog, so don’t delete it. I look forward to reading it, you are awesome

  8. Sarah G says:

    I’m coming back from a minor calf tear & I got to run for the first time this week. I GOT to run and it was amazing!

  9. I love your articles. I’ve just started running couple of month ago and each day I’m enjoying it more. Your articles are really inspiring. I wish I started earlier however “better late than never” :-)

  10. This is great! I’m in the process of training for an ironman and there are many days I just don’t want to do it. I need to remember that its a gift…… Just keep keeping on! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Not that I am a mean person who enjoys watching others struggle, but…I’m glad to know I’m not alone. You are an inspiration to me, and if you can keep on running, so can I.
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  12. The find your strong campaign was very motivational. We all need to find our reason to do things we need to be doing. Even the things we usually love to do. If you put that much pressure on yourself to enjoy running all the time, you may not always enjoy it. I do so appreciate the idea that you are motivating yourself and not looking toward outside influences to get you going!

  13. I’m so glad that you wrote this! When I was injured, all I could think was how badly I wanted to run and was so jealous of people who could, even people who didn’t like it, who did it just to try to be fit or get in some cardio training. I wanted to yell at them, “At least you can run! I want to, but I can’t!” I don’t take it for granted in the least now.
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  14. Wow, I love this so much! It’s so true that all too often I go out for a run hoping that it’ll be done soon so I can get home and back to work. It takes everything I love about running out of it
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  15. “I firmly believe in my head and heart that I GET to run rather than HAVE to run” – I think this one of the best attitudes to have about most things in life!
    Keep posting, your blog is a great source of inspiration to me

  16. I got to run in my first 5k this week…got my butt kicked but i loved it. Thanks for the posts.
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  17. It’s so good to hear that reminder that we “get to run”. I have also found myself questioning why I run at times, too, and I have taken a break for a little bit (unfortunately due to injury). But as the Boston Marathon gets closer, I remember that I am so lucky to have TWO legs to run on, and I should never take that for granted. There are people out there who are missing limbs and still make it through marathons. This is one of the things I remind myself when I feel like I am losing willpower during a long run. I also oftentimes find myself thinking of you and your blog posts because you’re so easy to relate to. You are truly an inspiration!
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  18. Sarah Hussey says:

    I love that you are honest about not always wanting to run. I love the idea that we “get” to run, that is great! Thank you so much for being real- Congrats on your awesome run! It is awesome when we have those moments that our arms and legs are just like a machine and are moving us right along :) I’m so glad I found your blog!!

  19. It’s interesting to know that even the best of us can get sidetracked.

    I love this post because it shows how real you are and it relates to some of us who are dragged down by our own weight, feeling lost and out of track.

    I stumble upon the same thoughts sometimes as well, and I think that It is important that even in the worst personal muddle with our own thoughts, we should always try and remind ourselves of our priorities and goals.

    Congrats to you for an amazing run! Your blog inspires a lot of people.
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  20. Running is one of the best and most effective exercise you can do, I am one of those people that actually enjoy it and it has already became part of my morning ritual adding it to my regular workout routine.
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