Today I went for a run. I’ve been running inside on the treadmill and wanted to hit the streets again. It was finally a little warmer today at 31 degrees. I figured perfect weather to run the NYRR Virtual Race. That being said, I wasn’t racing so much as running. I did start off too fast and slowed myself down. I did walk. Here is the thing that I kept reminding myself and thinking about while I was running today….
It’s ok not to be the fastest. It is also ok not to be as fast as I once was. Besides that is part of life. Most people don’t get faster as you age even if you don’t have hypopara. So run. Just run.
Remember that you do this to feel the pavement under your feet. You do this for the peace of mind it brings. You do this for you. You always have and to do it for any other reason is kind of stupid.
Here’s the thing though…… Ego gets in the way. Ego is not helpful. Ego will only hold you back. You can have pride in your running (and life), but to let ego lead where to take you it won’t end well. If I were to let my ego in charge, I might not leave the house in my running shoes. I might just say what the heck, what’s the point, and just stay home.
Ego is not your friend.
Ego will hold you back.
Once you let go of your ego and are proud of where you are things can only get better.
So today I went for a run. 3.32 miles in 38.18 minutes. It was hard. I needed to walk. My breathing was heavy. My calf had a cramp in it most of the run, but….
I had the sun on my face.
Time to process life.
Time to enjoy life.
Time to be……
The saying that some people think is bull is so true. A lesson we learned in preschool, but can not truly appreciate till we are adults not just as a runner but in our everyday lives too.