It is easy to fall into one mode of thinking, not allowing yourself to stray from a strict training regime. When a runner allows for their training to be all business and no play, you often see them abandon the sport because of frustration and lack of enjoyment.
What most runners don’t realize is that we have the control to make each run into whatever we want it to be. Therefore, when things get stale or too serious, don’t be afraid to change things up.
|Peaceful single track.|
For instance, some days I might feel like running super easy, just soaking in the sun, taking in the views, listening to the wind whistle through the trees.
Other times I can be fixated on competing. I can strategize and plan my schedule, calculate the outcomes of each workout and how they will add up for race day.
Social time! Some of the best memories I have are from going on adventures with great training partners. Got to love exploring new trails, friendly games of one-stepping, and of course solving the world’s problems.
|At Willow Lake with Ashley Arnonld.|
|Long run with Kim Dobson in Monument National Park.|
Freedom. Running is my escape from the stresses I encounter. It is when I feel most alive and untouchable by societal mandates or criticisms.
There are no boundaries, rules, or rights and wrongs. You are free to run for whatever reason or purpose you want, whether it’s winning the New York Marathon, completing a goal of one mile per day, or a way to simply meet new friends.
|Solitude in Wyoming back country.|
Running is whatever you make it, so have fun, be creative, and never stop believing that you have the ability to make it your own.