I just don't know how to tell y'all this......
Lately, my running desire has suffered and I thought it was gone. After I started training for my upcoming bike tour, I just didn't feel like I had the time to do both, ride and run. But a couple of weeks ago, I sat down with my planner and started planning what would be next, after the bike tour. And I decided that I may as well run another half-marathon. I wanted to get back into running on a regular basis. So, I penciled in the date of the next race and some semblance of a training schedule. I knew training for a half would get me back in running shape and maybe rekindle my love of running. So, last week I ran 3 miles. I didn't have any aha moments that made me think......this feels so good, I miss running so much and I can't wait to start back. It was just....ho hum.
This morning was another scheduled run. Since I've been racking up the miles on the bike, I have tired legs. I was thinking, yesterday, about this scheduled run. My plan was to run 3 miles and then finish up with an hour-long bike ride. And then.....I had the thought that if I wake up tomorrow and am just too tired to run, then I'm okay with that. I've ridden a lot of miles this week. I can always start training for the half, when I get back from the bike tour. I didn't feel pressured and that was freeing.
So, bright and early this morning, like before 6 a.m., I got up and knew that I didn't have to run today, if I didn't want to. I sipped my coffee and began wondering what it feels like outside. So, I stepped onto the porch and it actually felt nice. There was a breeze blowing and the temps were in the 70's. I had a short window of opportunity to run before the heat and humidity made me a sweaty mess. Right then and there, I got excited about how it feels to run in cooler, breezier weather and literally just about tripped myself up getting back inside to put my running clothes on. I couldn't believe how much I wanted to get out there and run.
I ran 3 miles and part of that was by the ocean.
Y'ALL! Are you ready for this? It's big! I mean, really big! I think I have my running desire back. And I am sooo happy about that! So, once my bike tour is done, I will be hitting the pavement to train for half-marathon #5......because I want to.
Oh wait, in case you were wondering.....I didn't ride the bike after my run today. I did yoga, instead.
Hoop to the Holler,