Saturday morning I woke up craving a long run. I wanted to go all out and do a 20 but that is just crazy talk
for this week so I thought 18 sounded fun (playing it kind fasts and loose with the word “fun”, much?).
The first half was a solid 8min/mile effort and I was pretty happy with that. I did a route that my running partner and I used to do together all of the time. It’s chock full of hills (a few different stretches are rolling for 2 miles each). I haven’t been great lately at seeking them out and the majority of my long runs for the last 6 months have been done on flatter courses. I slowed a bit in the second half because I really forgot how many miles 18 is. I haven’t done an outside long run since Sept 28, but that one was only about 16 ish outside and 4 on the treadmill. I wasn’t concerned about my paces so an effort of 8:30 overall for the 18.01 hilly miles felt pretty darn good.
During this long run, I had a butt load of time to think (DUH!?! It was 18 freaking miles) I was thinking about my running and how it’s changed over the years. This same run that I did this weekend once took me 3ish hours to do.
The thing about getting faster as a runner is this:
I 100% truly believe that I am not a better runner because I’m faster than I used to be. I sometimes catch myself thinking that I’m not a “real runner” until I’m as fast as Kara/Deena/Shalane..but you know what? Those women work just as hard as me. And they work just as hard as you. And just because they are faster runners than me doesn’t make them “better.” And if I am faster than you? That certainly doesn’t make me a “better” runner than you. A runners a runner who runs. Simple as that. It felt like my own “Aha” moment when I realized this.
“Speed” isn’t relevant to how “good” you are perceived as a runner because all it requires to be a runner is that you run.… Speed is irrelevant in making you a runner.
Do you lace up your shoes 4/5/6 days a week? So do I.
Do you struggle with motivation sometimes? So do I.
Do you get excited about a new longest distance? Me too!
Do you love hitting a new pr? Me freaking too.
It really doesn’t matter what speeds you run. Running is running. If you’re doing the left/right shuffle…you are running and pat yo-self on the back, friend, cause you are a runner❤️
That, my friends, is my Monday 2-cents… Don’t spend it all in one place!!!