Yesterday I ran a very nice 5.1 miles at a very comfortable 11:41 pace. I know, I know! Shouldn’t I be pushing for that 9:00?? Even a 10:00?? Nope, not me. I’ve decided that I like a nice 11:00-12:00 pace. I enjoy it. And after all, why do something if you’re not going to enjoy it, right. I’m not sure how many more races I’ll do after I run the 6k and Half with Beth. I know that I will have a great time, but I’m not sure how much I want to incorporate that with my fitness. I don’t want to loose the joy. If this is going to be a lifestyle change, and a permanent addition to my way of living, then I CAN NOT loose the enjoyment.
I know some people thrive on competition, and to be very honest I am one of those people. However, it is very easy for me to get consumed; never good enough, always pushing. There are aspect of that attitude that are very good and healthy…. I’m just not sure I want that to be my attitude toward my running. I want to keep my running in it’s place in my life. A healthy place. An enjoyable place. But not an all consuming place. That is my decision and I think that decision will be so much better for me and my running habit in the long run (haha.. again such humor).
Beth, you’ve said you want to run with me during the races, and I would LOVE that. But, I’ll let you off the hook if I’m just going too slow, you have my permission and blessing to leave me in the dust. I promise there will be no hurt feelings whatsoever, but you will have to buy me breakfast afterward.
Remember, whatever you do enjoy it… it may not always be easy but there should be joy in the journey!