Giving in to the run

When I run, it is usually a constant battle for at least the first 2-3 miles. The aches and pains from muscles, joints and maybe tendons scream for me to stop, go back to the bed/couch and take it easy.  My body in general revolts at the idea that I am doing this again, so soon after the last run.  I find that I mentally fight running probably even harder until I warm up. Again 2-3 miles, I mean it could be almost an hour before I really feel like OK, I’m doing this. That is the point where I feel like I give in to the run.  I stop fighting it. I’m not going to quit running at this point.  A lot of times, I am almost back to the house.  If I’m in the gym on the treadmill I find it harder to give in because it is easier to stop….

When I do give in to the run though, it becomes magical. I find that running is no longer the burden that I have to do.  I think it is the moment when I am just being a runner, not so much concentrating on running.  Just being. It doesn’t happen that way often, but once in a while it does.  This is different than the mid run I suddenly feel good and want to run fast.  This is the part of running where you give in and just let your body run while your mind does other  things.  Good stuff.

What do you call this feeling?

By |2015-10-16T23:07:26+00:00October 16th, 2015|running, Strength|0 Comments

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I have gone up and down in weight over my life. I ran cross-country in high school, but that was 25 years ago. I was up to 245lbs at 5'6" tall, not good. I have tried all different styles of eating, from vegan to low-carb. After really seeing how out of shape I was, I decided to get in shape. A year later, I have been running at least 3 days a week and am getting ready for my first marathon. As a fat runner, I'm not fast, I'm not going to win, but I will finish.

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