After finishing the half-marathon Sunday a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I felt (self-induced) pressure to perform at a certain level because I’m known as “the runner” among my family and friends. Even though I was not prepared in the least, I still really enjoyed the race. I felt strong, healthy, and happy in the midst of 20,000 other runners.
This got me thinking about my short-term running and racing plan. I love running and it’s obviously not going anywhere, but my mindset is shifting. I have a plan, but it’s atypical and two-fold. My plan is not have a plan BUT be open to opportunities and change.
What will that look like?
It means sometimes waking up early on weekends for a long run, because I really love doing that.
It means sometimes sleeping in and not running at all, because I also really love my sleep.
It means not having any formal races on my schedule, because it’s freeing to not have any set goals.
It means being open to running races and setting goals if an opportunity arises. This past weekend solidified my love of the race atmosphere.
It means running when I feel like it and not feeling forced to hit a certain distance or speed.
It means having some days when I crave a speed workout or long-distance run.
It means balance and flexibility.
I’ve never “raced” before, excluding my days in cross-country. I’ve run every race to finish, which is both good and bad. Like I mentioned I really enjoy the camaraderie and race atmosphere and I do enjoy the challenging myself. I think over the summer my desire to train will return, but that’s nothing I can predict. To be continued…
Do you prefer following a running/workout plan?
Do you “race” races or run to enjoy and finish?