Good morning! … is always a good start for a post and it was a fantastic morning out there at the beach.
First thing first … the running. I was lazy on Friday which usually doesn’t happen. I didn’t go for a run. I also didn’t really feel like getting out for over 2 hours on Saturday, but I did my usual trick and lied to myself, so in the end I just ran up and down the beach to keep the legs remembering that they where not made to sit behind a desk all day. I enjoyed the time, but my heart and head were not in it. Not sure what happened and I don’t have to. I know I was working hard last week. There are bits in my work that are “harder”. Bits where I have to block off all communication and work on something concentrated for hours. Nothing like I imagine a doctor has to do during an operation, but still “harder” than normal. Maybe this impacts my overall stress level or something, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am aware of it and I can tune down the running which I did.
Today was different. I only worked a couple of hours in the very early morning on Sunday and no running. Work should be all done now and I can think of convincing myself to give me the rest of the month off.
Back to today. Now … what to do on a vacation day? Sleep in! So I slept till 6am and went for a slow, stress free run – just a bit over 40 minutes. I tried to find back to the easy I remembered from last week and just play with the wind and the sand … and I realized something …
With the blogoversary (thanks for stopping by, the moderating of the comments is different to my site, so be patient – it’s a slow party! 😉 ) I had taken a look at all my stats and numbers, improvements etc. Based on those numbers I can be confident in my formula/plan, but it’s much more important now, to forget it!
Huh? My plan is a guideline for me in which I can move (pun intended) without risking injury or over training. I also want to improve my running and one day partake in races – ideally really long ones where I don’t have to run fast and can eat all day. The most important ingredient for running long is the attitude – the mental part. That’s at least what everyone tells me! To run long I need to love running. I don’t love running while I hunt for stats – I love running while I hunt for experiences. This is why I need to forget all the stats and improvements again and just keep going out there and keep having fun! In another 3 months I can look at my improvements and I hope I played with enough waves and ran up enough hills to catch a rare sunrise or bird so my cadence improved and I’ve gotten faster again.
… and if not? It doesn’t matter, cause I got the experiences and it will all be here for me to go back to and say “well at least I had a heck of time”!