A short time ago, my friend Mike (I’ll call him Coach Mike, since he is so motivational and full of great running tips), posted this on our running group’s Facebook wall:
“So I have decided to try something new. For the next two weeks I’m going to run for an hour each morning. No timed miles, no predetermined distance. Just go out and head off in a random direction for 30 minutes and then head back home. If I feel like running fast I will, if I feel like running slow that is ok also. I’m sick of trying …to hit split times, put in a set number of miles per week or feeling guilty for skipping a speed workout. I am going to run like a little kid, just tear off in whatever direction feels right at the moment. I ran for 90 minutes this morning doing this and it was the most satisfying run I have had in weeks.”
Since I have been in a running rut lately, I decided to give his idea a try. And guess what? It worked!!! I ran 2.5 miles without regard for my pace or overall time. (Although I have to admit that I did glance at my Garmin a time or two out of habit.) Instead of focusing on my running form, I actually paid more attention to my surroundings, absorbing every detail of the world around me. And most surprisingly, when I got stuck waiting for the light to change at the cross walk, I wasn’t even slightly irritated, instead I just savored the moment. Thanks to Coach Mike, I remembered why I started running in the first place, just for the fun of it!
Next up, Coach Mike is recommending a fun run in the rain that included splashing around in the mud puddles. Who’s with me?