This isn’t your ordinary race recap. There will be little to no talk about pace, splits, strategy or finish.
Finally, a race on a day that there wasn’t any risk of cancellation due to weather and on a day that worked with the Conyers’ family schedule!
On the day of the race I felt like a kid on Christmas morning waiting for everyone to wake up so we could open presents and the wait felt torturously long. I cherished every minute of this feeling.
Somewhere along the way last year I lost my love of running. Sure, I still ran and sure I liked it but it wasn’t that deep heartfelt feeling of there is nothing I would rather be doing. Running became more about the destination and meeting a goal rather than the journey and the experience. I met with a running coach a few weeks ago when I was considering working with a coach that could meet with me twice a week (decided not to by the way). He asked what I wanted to accomplish. To my surprise the very first answer was not a sub-2:00 half. It was…
I want to love running again.
I went into this race with no expectations other than enjoy the run and being outside. No heart monitor, no Garmin and no music. I can’t remember the last time I stood at a start line with the only thoughts being about being able to run outside and why I love to run.
So, how did it turn out?
- I ran through endless stretches of mud without being bothered by the fact that above the ankle suck-your-shoes-off mud was slowing me down.
- If I ever wondered how cold melted snow is I don’t have to wonder anymore. We ran through water that was almost up to my knees due to the abundance of snow this winter.
- As if I didn’t already know, I prefer to run with my Garmin.
- It was the most beautiful day of the year and the weather was perfect for being outside.
- After the race I didn’t rush to get home and shower. I enjoyed a cup of hot coffee and a massage/stretch by a PT.
- I was pleasantly shocked when I saw my finish time and I realized the finish line was the first time I thought about pace.
Yes, I’m going to continue to wear my Garmin, listen to music when I want to, focus on my pace and train with purpose for a goal race but this time, along the way, I’m not going to get so caught up in the destination and goal that I miss out on the journey and lose sight of why I love to run
Be HEALTHY. Be HAPPY. Be YOU.