Who is that running with the ugly cry face? Well, that would have been me this morning. Running can make you feel the best. But sometimes, in order to get to that feeling you have to work out the kinks first.
There seems to be a pattern in my training for the past three years. I start training and get to a point that I finally feel like I am getting some where and then BAM life hits and every thing goes to pot. When I was at my fastest (in my 20's) I was really wanting to train for the Boston Marathon, I knew I could hit the time. I ended up pregnant right at my peak paces. After that pregnancy it took me forever, it seemed like, to get my baby weight off and to get back to my normal self. Once I felt like I could compete again I became injured and that was six months of no running, rehab and getting back into shape. There have been more times like that in between, but the most recent was these past few weeks. I have been making strides in getting over plantar fasciitis and was finally hitting times I was happy with and then my husband and I left for our anniversary trip. We were gone for 8 days and there was little time for running and no eating healthy. It took a toll big time on my body and training. We got back last Thursday and I now feel like I am back at square one . This morning my scheduled workout was a tempo run. 1.5 mile warm up, 4 miles at faster pace, 1.5 cool down. As soon as I got out of bed this morning I knew that was not going to happen. I sat in my car at 5:15 am not wanting to run because I knew it would hurt. I feel like I am getting back in shape all over again. (Which is not true, my body is just in shock from bad food and little sleep). I finally got out of my car and started running at 5:30. I did not do my tempo run, I just ran easy miles....and cried. I am not one to let tears flow easily, but when something you want does not seem to be going your way, it hurts.
This is a good reminder that LIFE HAPPENS. No one is perfect even though it might be portrayed on social media. Running hurts, running is hard, running sucks, and running will make you cry, But in the end, running frees you, it gets rid of all the junk that is held up. Don't look at someone and think that running or fitness comes easy to them, because it doesn't. There are a lot of rough moments that equal success. This is true for everything not just running. Look at any successful business man/woman and ask them if their road was easy. They will probably tell you NO! They failed multiple times, but they learned from that and started again.
Do not let life's little road bumps completely derail you. Move over if you have to for the bump, but get back on the road. I promise, it will be so worth it!!
** Run your heart out