Hi outdoor running,
I know I've been neglecting you recently. Sure, we still had our weekend long runs, but once a week isn't quite the same, is it? I'll admit, I was sucked in by the treadmill and its adjustable speed and incline and climate controlled environment! And I could watch Mike & Mike and get my sports fix as the miles flew by. I told myself it was too dark and cold to be running outside and that it was all the same thing anyway. That running was running, no matter where I was.
But somewhere in January my motivation went missing. I've kept plowing through the workouts in my training plan, hoping I would find it somewhere along the way. Last night, I realized that maybe my new fancy friend the treadmill was part of the problem. I wanted to just run without thinking about it. I didn't want to have to decide on a pace - I wanted my cranky legs to do what they wanted to do. So I decided I would pull out the warm clothes, suck it up, put on that headlamp I got for Christmas that I has been gathering dust for weeks and run outside. And you know what? I was actually excited! I went to bed imagining a run full of rainbows, unicorns, puppies and other happy things.
I don't know if it was the power of positive thinking, or something else, but it really was like that this morning! I wasn't worried about pace, I was just running. My sore, tired legs felt great. My weekday loop that I was sick of last October was interesting again. And I finished with a huge smile on my face. Do I think this is the end of my running blahs? Not really, but it's a step in the right direction. For 45 minutes this morning I was really happy. A feeling I never get on the treadmill...
So, outdoor running, I owe you an apology! I dumped you without a second thought and figured we'd get back together in the spring. But it turns out you aren't as easily replaceable as I thought. It turns out I missed you and I didn't even realize it. I promise not to neglect you any longer! I can't lie say that I won't ever go back to the treadmill (addictions take a while to break and I really do love Mike & Mike), but I am recommitting to you and bringing back at the outdoor morning run. Thanks for waiting patiently for my return.