Last night I decided to run at my local park. It’s been a while since I’ve run there with any type of consistency, but just a couple of years ago it was a very special place for me.
When I started Couch to 5K back in 2012 I logged all of my miles for the first 2 months on the treadmill. The condo complex Adam and I lived at had a small gym for residents only, and hardly any one was ever there. It was a little safe space for me to run without having to feel embarrassed or judged.
Back then I was worried about not looking like an Olympic runner. I was also concerned about how short the run segments of Couch to 5K were at the beginning.
I loved everything about Couch to 5K but I didn’t want anyone to see me training. I loved what it was doing for me, but it was my little secret. The only other person who even know I had started training was Adam.
Finally, as the prospect of actually lining up for a 5K became a reality I realized maybe I better try running outdoors to see what that was like. I was scared the real runners at the park would make fun of me, but eventually I walked down to the park with Adam and run/walked my heart out there. The park is special to me. Running there was my announcement to the world that I was becoming a runner. I Instagrammed my first running pic there. For a long time I did all of my outdoor runs there because I was afraid of running at the beach.
Just like I worried that runners at the park would make fun of me, I was absolutely sure that runners at the beach would make fun of me. That’s almost laughable to think about now since I run at the beach nearly every day, but back then I still had so many strange fears.
Once I started running at the beach I never looked back. It’s been a long time since I’ve run at the park but I want to make it part of my routine again.
Last night as I was running a loop I used to run over and over again I couldn’t help but smile. I used to struggle to run a mile in this park and last night I did 3.5 miles without even flinching.
It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to run higher mileage or run longer or run faster or all of the above. It’s also easy to feel bad when you’re just kind of hanging in … I’m speaking for myself of course.
The last couple of weeks I’ve been wondering if I’ve been lazy and allowing myself to make training excuses, or if I’ve really just been balancing the various aspects of what’s been a pretty busy last couple of months. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve really and truly been busy. I’m going to stop feeling guilty about my training and just feel proud that I’ve been able to keep a consistent routine going, even if 99% of the miles are easy.
Now that the craziest part of the work year is over, and Adam and I are moved into the house I can shift more focus onto training. Which is good because like I blogged about the other day I feel the fire for training and it’s HOT!
During my run in the park last night I decided for the first time ever I’m going run streaking! I’m not waiting for January 1st, I’m doing it RIGHT NOW. Yesterday was day 1!
The rules for my run streak:
1. Run at least 1 mile every day for 30 days.
2. That’s it.
I’m looking forward to taking advantage of all this passion and energy built up inside of me right now. It’s time to streak!
Have you ever run streaked? How long did you keep it up for?