Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Relish the run.

You know the saying, "Change your attitude, change your world" or something like that?

I need to keep it in mind. I don't know what the heck is up with me sometimes but that last post? The one about the doubts? Well, I think that just writing that I was having doubts gave them life. It's like I empowered them by expressing them. I spent so much of yesterday thinking that I'm past my running prime and blah, blah, blah . . . doubt, doubt, doubt.

Huh? That's not me!

So, no more. I'm done.

I'm a strong runner, I know this. What's more -- I love to run. In my quest to increase my speed, I really do not want to lose sight of that. Yes, yes, yes, I want to be faster. I fully admit to wanting -- very much -- to run faster and set a PR in two weeks. But I do not want that to compromise my enjoyment. I don't want a running plan to ruin my runs. And, of course, I know that it wouldn't be the plan ruining my running. It would be me -- and my attitude about my runs --that would ruin my running. Does that make sense?

I'm glad that I have a purely easy run on the schedule today. I'm going to run through my neighborhood and enjoy my hills. I've got speedy speed on the schedule for tomorrow so I'll relish the easy run while I can!

~ Felice


PS: Mel -- Tall Mom on the Run has a Thorlo giveaway going on. Check it out here.

17 comments:

Jodie said...

Great post. I hope you enjoyed the run. I think we all have those days.

Speedwork for me tomorrow as well.

Abby said...

I went through a little bit of this in the spring, and really let it get to me.

Glad to hear you're nipping it in the bud before it gets to that point!

Marlene said...

Doubts and negativity get into our head far too easily. Great post with an important reminder to ENJOY this.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Great post, great reminder. I hope you enjoyed the run. I also hope your speed work goes as well as mine did tonight. AWESOME track workout for me, hopefully for you too.

Print Brochures | Jarmaine said...

I'm happy you got over those doubts! What you said about attitude affecting your running, that totally makes sense. Keep a positive outlook and always hope for the best, couple it with hard work and you'll be achieving your goal in no time at all! :)

Miz said...

Ive always enjoyed your blog and now that im attempting to run in your footsteps I do even more.
Im borrowing that mantra for every run (Ive no easy runs yet as they are all lottsa MAKING MYSELF DO IT):

relish
the
run.

(dont wish it away :))

Diana said...

Some people say that venting is a good thing - it lets you get it out of your system. Lately I've been thinking exactly what you said...it only stamps in what you don't want to feel in the first place!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

yep, gotta keep it fun, but nothing wrong with getting the feelings out there. :)

J said...

I feel the same way - I do not want to lose the joy of running. Sometimes following a strict schedule can be hard even if you allow for changes. Nothing compares to just going out and running how you feel each day. i am sure you will run a great 5k. You have been putting in the time to the speedwork and that will pay off!

lindsay said...

i'm in the process of enforcing a more positive attitude towards my runs myself lately. they go much better when i don't get all negative nancy on them!

hope you had an excellent run!

Ms. V. said...

I love this post! Do it because it works.

X-Country2 said...

Wht a great post. It's good to remind yourself from time to time.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

GReat post.. Glad that you are finding the Balance and THANK YOU for the link..

joyRuN said...

Awesome awesome post! I've been thinking the very same thing for the past few days.

aron said...

YES!!! gotta enjoy it while you are out there, sometimes we just need a little reminder when we get caught up in it all. enjoy your easy run today :)

Denise said...

I've been going through this since the Ultra...it's hard to not let the doubts take over. But at least you're recognizing it and working on it.

Terri said...

All of that made total sense. I'm sure every runner reading this could totally understand.

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