Lately, running and I have changed our relationship yet again. I have been slowing down and relaxing my running with good intentions for a while. But while they might have been good intentions, it was hard to accept. Hard to watch my times get slower, hard to see my "running dreams" slip away even in place of newer more exciting ones. But over the past couple of months, something has happened - acceptance. Something I thought I would never be able to do and has become easy and almost a way of life for me. The Stephanie from a few months ago did not understand life without fast pace running, lengthly long runs, and clear running goals. It would not have made sense to her not to get up and work up a sweat and make sure to check off all her training plans.
I was a very very serious running
I truly believe that when you are a runner you are in a relationship with running (go with me on this one, o.k?) and that relationship can and do go through cycles. For the first time in my life, running is not the center of my attention. I am running when I can, when I want, and how I want to and unbeknownst to me I have actually come to enjoy that freedom. For once in my life I am not looking to get faster, race harder, and exercise more. Instead, I am just being, well, sort of "normal" I guess.
Which brings me to today. Aaron had to run 5 miles. I wanted to run and felt like I could, so I tagged along. I did not know if 5 miles was in the books for me - its been over a month since I have run that many miles at once (which seems totally crazy). We set out. I found my stride. It felt good, enjoyable, doable. And it just so happens that I ran the whole 5 miles. It took me 52 minutes and it was not easy. To say my running has changed is probably an understatement. Last year, at this time 5 miles took me 37 minutes and if it took me 52 minutes to run 5 miles I might have had a nervous breakdown about it. But not today, today I am proud of those miles. Happy that I accomplished them and excited to see what is next. Will I run again this week? Maybe. I don't know. But I will do what I can and be proud, happy, and content with that.
Ok not the best picture but I did just run 5miles..
Ok here is a better one when I am actually showered, you know. Oh I cut the hair...finally!
Well, now that I have rambled enough for everyone might as well leave you with a cute picture so that this post is not a total wash right?
Been missing everyone, tell me how you have been?!?