These past six months have easily been the best six months of running I’ve had in many years. All it took was a much more relaxed frame of mind with this attitude of “doing my own thing.”
When I first said that phrase last year, it was something that finally felt right with my running. For far too long, I cared way too much about what other people thought or had to say.
Every so often I have to filter out the noise from others who distract me and remind myself that I’m doing all this for me and making myself a better overall person.
Overall, though, this is working and will continue to be the way I approach running in the second half of 2019.
So by doing my own thing in the first half of the year, I have:
- Ran/walked/power hiked a marathon that I wasn’t really for.
- Ran the most miles in a 6-month period since 2012.
- Ran at the track for 9 straight weeks keeping most of the specific results to myself.
- Signed up for the Richmond Marathon this fall.
- Refocused on nutrition and lost a few pounds.
- Stopped hanging out so much on Twitter waiting for conversations to happen.
- Grew my hair out.
- ENJOYED RUNNING.
And that last point is what’s important. Running is fun most of the time. I like doing it. I don’t dread it at all. I haven’t been able to say that in a LONG time.
So now it’s on to July where my goal is to get back to marathon training, get my miles back up, get my long runs back to the teens and set a goal for November …