It feels so good to be back.
I wasn’t watching the clock.
I wasn’t praying for the run to be over.
I wasn’t rolling my eyes at myself in the mirror over my pace.
I wasn’t breathing heavy or gasping.
I wasn’t in pain.
I was just running. Having a brilliant run, at peace and proud of what my body was able to let me do.
It was Mezamashii defined…in every way, absolutely eye-opening.
Somehow during this first run in my Wave Riders, I ran away from a place where
nothing is I’m never ever good enough to the corner of Confidence & Believe-In-Yourself Avenue. I even started to feel a calm coming over me about this upcoming half marathon in…gulp…three weeks. I CAN do it!!
I started off the run P.O.’ed because I wasn’t testing the new shoes in the park like I wanted to. Sticking to a gas budget wasn’t going to allow me to drive to my favorite outdoor running spot yesterday, so I had to run on my treadmill. Y’all know I’m a big fan of my tready, but I really was itching to get outside. I sucked it up, stayed home, popped in a crime show DVD, and got on the treadmill.
My goal was to run three miles straight. Super easy outside, but on my treadmill, I’ll find every reason in the world to take a break after each mile–bathroom, water, blow my nose, bathroom, stretch, change the DVD, bathroom, etc. This time I made myself stay on it and keep running no matter how bad I thought I had to go.
Then I upped the goal to five miles in under an hour. I’ve done that before, but not right after coming off a bad cold.
The shoes felt amazing the WHOLE time. My calves, knee, hip, ankles, shins, and feet all felt good. No pain. I couldn’t believe it! And for y’all that are really paying attention, nope, I still haven’t gotten my stability/motion control shoes yet, nor have I been able to get reassessed at Fleet Feet yet. It’s still on my sooner-than-later to do list, but I’m thinking these non-stability shoes are working for me. There’s something to be said for being able to move a little better, have lighter shoes on and not being so bogged down by the crazy-supportive shoes I’ve worn in the past. These made my feet feel great, so I’m going with it for now. Go Mizuno, go!
Like I said earlier, my half mary is in 3 weeks. There’s really no time now to be upping my mileage to what it should be so that the run will be no sweat to me. Between the stupid cold, getting acclimated to the new job and just running
however long and whenever I felt like it falling off the set training plan, I pretty much feel like a runner gone rogue. I think I’m okay with it, though. There is no way I should just “wing” my first official half marathon, but um, well, now I’m in quite a pickle. I wanted to taper a wee bit and now that seems like not a feasible option. Thank goodness I ran the 13.1 distance twice this past July so I KNOW I can do it. So yeah, to all of you who were telling me, “I think you shouldn’t run that distance until you actually run it for the first time in the race,” uhh, I’m really glad I didn’t listen to you!! I know how I am and do what I do for a reason. 😀 I’m glad I went with my gut in July.
Anyhooooo…I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled running in progress this week, Lord willing–Tuesdays/Thursdays after work–doing what I do. Wave Riders in tow, feeling good, feeling brilliant, with that Mezamashii spirit.
Do you follow a set training plan or are you sometimes a rogue runner?
**As a FitFluential Ambassador, I was selected to participate in the Mizuno Running Mezamashii Run Project. Other than receipt of the running shoes, I was not compensated in any way for my review. All opinions, comments, positive and/or negative, are my own.