I Survived + The Runner’s Transformation
I “pushed the pace a little” on my 3-miler tonight and this is my I Survived selfie:
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it did require sitting on the gym floor for a few mins afterwards! It was a treadmill run since I have no idea how to force myself to run fast (for me) without it. Maybe someday this speedwork will increase my “fast” pace so that I am not too embarrassed to share it with you : )
I think I listened to “My Hometown” by Bowling for Soup 5 times during the run. It is without a shadow of a doubt a bad song, but it gets me pumped up!
Speaking of running motivation, I was looking through my Pinterest boards today and noticed something kind of funny. When I started my running board back at the beginning of this year my pins tended to be along the lines of “I don’t want to do this, but I guess I will” like this one (although this one applies to some of my runs today too):
But as I scroll through and get closer to the top where my more recent pins are I can see the transformation I took this year. The pins are no longer about forcing myself to do something I don’t really want to do, but doing something I LOVE to do.
Maybe you wouldn’t notice this transformation if you looked through my running board. Maybe I only notice it because I remember pinning specific images in Jan, Feb, March of this year for motivation. I specifically would always go to Pinterest after work to get motivation to get my butt out the door. It wasn’t easy.
I used to think “I have to do this. If I want to run a 5K, I must do what is necessary even if it’s not fun. I’ll feel better when I’m done.” It was all very goal oriented.
Now 99% of the days I look forward to my run. Getting out the front door is hardly the hardest step, it’s the one I am most anxious to take after a long day of work.
I know this transformation isn’t unique to me, but it’s kind of fun to see that I went through it!
It reminds me that I can do tough things. It also reminds me that I haven’t increased my speed at all since March of this year so this pushing the pace thing is a good thing!
Have you always been a runner or did you go through The Transformation?