|Post Race Bliss|
Today I ran my first run back after the Potomac River Run Marathon. I took a full 6 days off from exercise of any type.
7 glorious, pain free miles today with my local running club.
For the first couple of days of rest I welcomed the break. I did not have to think about or worry about how I was going to fit in a run. I did not worry about whether Colton was going to nap so I could run on the treadmill or if both boys would be calm enough for a double stroller run. I welcomed the mental break as much as the physical break.
Friday night it all became too much for my mind to handle. I needed to run for my mental sanity.
It is hard for me at times finding a balance with running. I love everything about it – long runs, slow runs, tempo runs, runs for no reason, runs for a specific reason, runs that clear your head, and runs that fill it up. I love racing. I love 5K’s, 10K’s, back to back marathons, races of any distance. I love relays and PR’s. I love sweating and sports bra tan lines.
This makes it hard at times to balance my goals, with my wants, with my desires.
I wanted to run last week. I wanted to move my body.
I want PR’s more. Those only come when I allow my body to rest and recover fully.
It sometimes takes more willpower to tell myself to not run then it does to tell myself to run.
There will come a time in my life when personal records are not one of my running goals. For now getting faster tops the list of what I want to do in running. So for now I must give up the junk miles, I must give up wanting to move 7 days a week, I must give up races every weekend, in order to focus on my larger goal.
What are you goals? Do you have a hard time balancing all the aspects of running you like?