A funny thing happened after I switched my registration from the NJ Marathon to the NJ Half. As I said before, I felt a sense of relief and a weight off my shoulder. More impotantly, I felt such a sense of freedom. I don’t mean freedom to sit on my bottom, I mean a sense of freedom to run.
It was like I was inspired to start running. You would think it would have the opposite effect, but nope. It made me want to get out the door again. Last night I even went to Honey Stinger Website and ordered a bunch of yummy protein bars, gels, and gummys. (Have I mentioned that I became a Honey Stinger Ambassador this year?) I can’t wait for them to arrive and incorporate them into my training.
A friend of mine summed it up perfectly…
I thinking signing up for the marathon helped get you moving after you recovery, but doing the half will probably help your running more.
I really think that if I hadn’t initially registered for the marathon, I would not have been pushing myself to start running again after my surgery. That being said, going from the NY Marathon to surgery. Then recovery from thyroid surgery and then jumping back into marathon training really did not give me a break. It was too much. Now without the marathon looming over me weighing me down, I don’t feel the pressure to train. I can run just to run which is just what I did today.
7 miles today.
It felt great. Now I don’t mean great in the sense that it was easy. It was not. I was huffing and puffing more than Lady Gaga at the Superbowl last night. It was great because I was out with friends. It was a beautiful day for running and there was no “I have to do this run.” It was, “I want to do this run.”
I will also like to add that this is the furthest I have run since my surgery. Yeah, me:)
So the lesson of the day…
Do what makes you happy:)