We have all head the mantra, My race. My pace. Sometimes it’s hard to believe, but it is so true. Sometimes we get so caught up in thinking about our pace that we miss out on the beauty of running.
For those who have been with me a while know that the run/walk method was really not something that I chose but that chose me. Although I knew many people who for various reasons used this method it never appealed to me because I was always worried that if I started walking it would be harder to start back running when needed. I was wrong.
Here is something that I noticed. Before the walk/run method, I would invariably walk during a marathon, long run, or bad day. It was hard to start running again because usually I would wait till I couldn’t push it to walk. That is no longer the case. I walk BEFORE my body needs it. I start when the buzzer goes off. I stop when it goes off again.
I like it. I really like it.
Currently, I am using the 3:30 to 45 run/walk ratio. This seems to be a good fit. I finally adjusted my Garmin setting to see current pace and lap pace. This is something that I hope to work on because my running pace has not been consistent. So yesterday I went for 10 miles trying to keep my running pace around 11-11:15. My miles were pretty consistent and my overall run had a pace of 12:08. This is right where I wanted to be and I am happy with this run. Plus I feel pretty good today which is a major bonus!
I am happy with where I am with my running.
Here is the thing though……. I have never had what I call the Balls to Wall mentality in my running. Not to say that there wasn’t a time where I dreamed of a 4:30 marathon or pushed myself to do a sub 2 half. It is just that even when I was training consistently with a coach I did not always go out fast every run. Most of my runs were at a slower pace and then there were days where it was about speed. I wanted that for me and was willing to work for it. I have never been about running hard and fast all the time. Maybe I’m just too soft:)
Here is the another thing though…..
There is nothing wrong with being too soft. Although I don’t consider it being soft really. Every person has a different reason for running. Everyone gets something different out their running. A wise person said to me, “I want to be able to “compete” in my own way.”
There is no wrong way to train and “race.” (ok there are wrong ways, but I’m talking different paths). Not everyone wants to stand on the podium. Some of us want to just be out on the road. The beauty of running is that there is more than enough road for all of us.
I will further admit that I am knocking on 50’s door in less than a year. I came to this party late. Only starting to run in my mid 40’s. So for who I am and where I’m at, I’m doing ok. I have never wanted my running to feel like a job which I admit when training for a marathon it usually does near the end. That being said, overall I want to enjoy my runs. I don’t want to beat myself over my running. Life can be hard enough without that added stress.
So what am I trying to say here…..
I guess I’m trying to say whether you are a front of the pack runner, a middle of the pack runner, back of the pack runner or don’t even run it a pack; it’s ok. Running is simple but not a simple thing. Like anything in life you can make it as complicated as your want. For me, right now, I want uncomplicated. I want to enjoy my running for all that it brings me…… great workout, even better friends, and most of all the way it clears the cob webs out of my mind. There are those who may not understand my lack of balls to the wall mentality and that’s ok. They are on a different path than me and each much not only choose their path but enjoy it while they are there.
Life is too short not to enjoy where you are in your journey.