Sometimes you just need to run – that statement has been true for me the last few weeks. If you missed why I wasn’t running or had a DNS for my MRW half marathon – check out the post here.
Almost every day for two weeks, I just wanted to run but I couldn’t until I was “cleared”. So once I was allowed to run, I did. Taking two weeks off running kinda sucks. My lungs hurt after that first run. My body ached for two days after that first run. I just needed that run even if my lungs hurt or my body was going to ache.
Saturday I went for a “long run” to test out pacing for my upcoming race. I’m pacing the Valley Harvest Marathon 10k – 1:10 finish on Sunday (Canadian Thanksgiving). Oh I can’t wait to eat all the food as well. This will be my second time pacing this race, this distance and this pace with White Rabbit Pacing – I’m kinda excited!
Before last Saturday’s run, I just wanted to get out their and test out my legs, my lungs and my pace. I had no plans of where I was going to run until I stepped outside. I had no clue how far I wanted to run until I hit the 5k mark and decided I should turn around and head home. I had no plan other then to practice pacing and then had a little fun on the last two km’s.
I practiced my pace of 7:00 minute per kilometre. I really want to run 6:55/km this Sunday in order to finish under 1:10 but I’ll talk more about that in my next post. So I ran, up a steep hill that I thought I was going to die on and figured that if I can do this now, next week will be easier. I ran on rolling hills, an old unpaved country road with cows and horses on each side of the road. I got chased by a dog for a minute until the owner called it back – that wasn’t really fun. But, I ran.
I just needed that long run. A confidence booster after my bubble was burst out of my hands a few weeks ago. I’m moving on from that thankfully but sometimes you just want to run! I needed that run Saturday.
How was your weekend?
When was the last time you needed a run? (or ride, yoga etc).
Anyone take in any fall-like activities?
21 thoughts on “Sometimes You Just Need to Run”
Glad you are back to running and got it done. You are right–next week will be much easier. The stress of not being able to run is now gone. Enjoy the race!
I always wondered who paced other races! I am so all over the place in my paces all the time.
It’s a fun challenge and something I never considered doing before. Having done it once already, I can’t wait for this weekend!
I’m excited for your pacing gig! I “needed” a run this weekend. It felt SO good to not have a training run on tap now that Berlin is behind me.
What a roller coaster just getting to Berlin was for you! Happy running!
Happy that you are back to running! Sometimes a good run is just what you need!
I just had one of those “needed-to-run” runs earlier…deep in thought and prayer for Las Vegas. My body was moving in slow-mo (from the weekend’s runs), but I just had to do something…
Sometimes I wonder why I have to have all my motivation to work out hit me the second I get an injury. Glad you’re back to it!
Yay for being back running. I hear you on the need to run, something about not being able to makes the urge even more greater
Glad you’re back to running. It’s such a nice feeling to have those confidence-boosting runs.
The need to run is foreign to me… But I do get the need to work out and move my body 😉 I’m glad you’ve been able to get back to it and feeling good!
I needed a run this morning. It was tough and my legs were killing me after my long run yesterday, but I needed it. Tough day all around.
Glad you’re back to running and that your long run was a confidence booster. You’re going to do great as a pacer!
I haven’t run since my race a week ago b/c I’m trying to get rid of PF before my race this weekend, but I am really wanting to run now that the weather is nice!
I’m glad you were able to get back out there, have fun pacing the race! I was able to get in a nice two hour “hike” (walk) with my youngest at a nearby conservation area – it was so much fun!
The internet ate my comment 😦 I’m glad you were able to get out to run, I know that feeling of having to take time off and miss a race – it sucks! I hope you enjoy being a pace bunny for the 10k, I’ll be looking forward to your recap!
This puts a huge smile on my face. I so understand this. xoxo
I’m just catching up with missed blog posts on my phone and just read about your heart scare. I need to write a longer reply from a computer… I too had a heart scare (and a “no running” decree from the Cardiologist that lasted 10+ days, and a stress test!) and it deflated my confidence for several weeks, even after getting a clean bill of health. I’ll write more on your other post later tonight…
Oh we need to connect! And I need to catch up on your blog too!
Glad to hear you are back running, its hard to take a break. Happy that you had a cinfidence boosting run!
I’m so glad to hear that your first run went as well as it did. It always feels so good to be able to do something that you haven’t been able to do for awhile. That first time always feels amazing.