I have been back to work for 3 weeks now and the running has dropped to 2-3 runs per week of 2-2.5 miles each with a circuit or two in between running days. My head was spinning as to when else I can squeeze more mileage in and I was obsessing over my pace when running to the point of frustration. My better half and I have different days off from work so we can't trade off the kiddos on the weekend days and night feedings are still in effect- our oldest bundle was sleeping through the night by now but #2 has her own plan and she is sticking to it! I started feeling stressed about it and decided to stop my insanity. I remembered this awesome quote from a fantastic book, Born to Run:
“Ask nothing from your running, and you'll get more than you ever imagined!”
Those words are exactly what I need to remember right now. I too often take my hobby, outlet & "me-time" activity and turn it into stress when I fall short of my expectations. I love structured training plans and working towards a goal like a particular race or finishing time, but it's just not that time for me right now and that's ok. I'm going to enjoy running! I am going to get as many running endorphins as I can, let the rest go, soak in the fall air and see where it takes me. I just got back this morning from an early and quiet 3 miles. I was able to arrange the feeding and work departure schedules to squeeze something in at 6. I love early morning runs. Hooray!
She's the cutest, right?
Do you ever feel like you need to throw in "the plan" & just run for fun or go with the flow of your fitness endeavors?
Have a great week!