Sure there are days & runs where I still think WTF am I doing; why am I punishing myself (or my lungs) with this?
But in the end I'm usually ready to lace up my runners & go for another run (unless it's 40+ degrees C out which is what is was here all last week!). I've had a few dates with the treadmill in the air-conditioned gym.
The best runs are the ones out on the road that turn meditative, where I'm not chasing a time or a hill: where I can let my thoughts just drift along, or away; or allow an answer to a problem to float into my head. Where I forget I am running & I just am.
Those are my favorite runs. Usually in the cool (or cold!) of the morning, watching the moon go down & the sun come up.
sunrise at the end of my street last week
But, without a training program & a goal to achieve, would I run as often? Would I have run as far? I don't think so. The chase of a PB can be pretty powerful, be it either a better time or a further distance regardless of the time. Ultimately we all want to do things to the best of our ability do we not? I mean why bother if you are never going to improve I suppose.
My running is in a good place at the moment with nominal ITB pain. Although I am seeing a sports acupuncturist for that. I'm having a couple of weeks without a set training program at the moment before starting a 12 week 1/2 marathon plan.
The Biceps tendinitis is almost sorted - I tried something in PT last week that made it twinge, alerting me to the fact that I have to keep up with the rehab exercises & take it very very slowly in resuming anything which involves supporting my body weight using my arms (push ups, side planks etc). Physio is out to monthly visits now.
I have 5 running goals for this year; the first I've already accomplished.
1. Run a sub 50 minute 10km race.
2.Run a half marathon without knee pain (ITB);
3. Run the above in sub 2 hours (or at least better than 2 hours 7 minutes & 36 seconds).
4. If I can achieve 2, I'd like to have a go at a full Marathon (which I've already been stressing about & am completely shit scared of!!!)
5. Run more kms in 2014 than I did in 2013.
So wish me luck & a dose of courage to give number 4 a crack!!