When I’m out on a long run, the only thing that matters is finishing the run. For once, my brain isn’t going bleh-bleh-bleh all the time. Everything quiets down, and the only thing going on is pure flow. It’s just me and the movement and the motion. That’s what I love—just being a barbarian, running through woods.— Jenn Shelton (via londonrunning)
It happens once a year. Eat that chocolate egg. Enjoy it. Have two if you wish. Don’t EVER feel guilty for eating.
How do you define a good run?
Seriously, how do you ? Is it the amazing mile splits? The PR inducing race? The perfect conditions? or is it when you suddenly forget your are running and realise how amazing life is?
I think its always a combination of all of these. Thats the beauty of running, you really don’t know what the run will be like until you are out there, pounding the pavement. You cant always have a good run when you want one, and sometimes when you are feeling the worst you have ever felt, a run can save your life.
Tonight, I had one of those ‘wow, life is pretty amazing runs’. I’ve always been a night runner, I mean I run a lot in the day don’t get me wrong, but theres something about the night air, the silence of the world, the fact I feel like the streets are MINE that draws me back to night running time and time again. Tonight I had no expectations of my run, heck I nearly didn’t make it out of the door. But the silent spring air touched my soul like an old friend, the mellow music playing in my ear complimented my breathing - and I ran.
I ran a route I never have before, it was a mixture of years of running routes, I didn’t think about my pace, or how long my run was going to be. I just moved forward and I reflected on running, as I have so many times before. Each time I am brought to that same realisation, no matter where I am in my life, no matter what weight, what fitness level, what job, what age - It will always be there for me like an old friend. It doesn’t judge me for the mileage I’ve put in that week, I just accepts me in the moment, happy to be reunited.
I reflected on all the places around the world I have run, and I saw them in my head - I went back to the PCH running on Santa Monica Beach, I went back to Calabasas and the little mountain that gave me the most glorious view of LA, I went back to Disney and the magical goosebumps you feel when you are running down mainstreet - and then I looked ahead of me, as I hit the peak of a hill in greater London - and I looked out onto all of those famous london sights, lit up - calling my name. I ran down that hill with a smile on my face and the freedom of a carefree child. I let my body go, almost placed my arms out like a plane and I stared at that beautiful London skyline.
These are the runs that aren’t always an amazing pace or distance, but these are the runs that I run for. Because they remind me why my life is enriched by the simple act of moving my body forward.
Some people may never understand. But those that do, will never question it.
How do you define a good run? The real question should be, how does your run define you?
My garmin had issues. I just charged it fully and since it’s being a dick these days I put it outside to get satellites ten minutes ago…. Still not got them yet!!! I’m so fed up of running without it but it’s so annoying! Waiting to go on an relaxing evening run!
I bought a nutribullet..
Cant believe I haven’t had one for so long. I’m now obsessed. I just used almost a whole bag of spinach.
Lets hope this obsessed continues. Getting those nutrients in :)
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Just had a great 5 miler. Since my job has me very stressed and low on time I’ve really not been focusing much on mileage but more on speed and really making the most out of the shorter runs. I’m hoping this helps me bring the speed back and when I can balance my life out again I’ll bring back the mileage. I also need to start doing some runs in the AM.
I’ve been so out of it this month with my new job but I need to get everything back in line. Nutrition and exercise need to be re-focused!