Monday, January 7, 2013

Slowing Down and Enjoying Life

Ever since I started running, it's been about getting faster and new PRs. Just PRESSURE! And yes, I'm fully aware that it was self-imposed pressure, but it's always there. Don't get me wrong, I've had lots of fun in there and have done many things I never knew possible. As my family and friends know, I have struggled to find my mojo since that dreaded day of the Cleveland Marathon last May. But, if you've been following along lately, you know that I have re-discovered my mojo. In the WOODS!

Talking with my friend, Alissa, as we slipped and slid through the woods this morning really made me realize a few things. I've said I love the trails. I love the beauty:

[caption id="attachment_494" align="aligncenter" width="300"]711555_441258109260616_553532415_n Thank you Stuart for the picture from our run this morning![/caption]

I love the quiet, and I love the fact that I have to pay attention. There's no zoning out on technical trails like there is on the road. But, I think it's the casualness of being out there. For me (I know not all trail runners feel the same way), I have no anticipation of time. My main goal is distance; with staying upright a close second. I'm not worried about pace (until race time to make sure I finish before the course closes!). I'm not worried about the walking we do. Or stopping to take breaks. In fact, walking and taking breaks between loops is highly encouraged!


If you had told me a year ago that I would be thrilled with an 11 mile run averaging 15:11 pace, I would have thought you were crazy. Today, I had a fantastic run with friends. I enjoyed the conversation, I enjoyed the scenery and I enjoyed the burning in my glutes telling me that I was working hard. I love that I am able to incorporate variety into my runs. Some days, a nice flat road run is just what I need, but other days, I can head to the woods.

Some days, you just need to slow down and enjoy life. 

16 comments:

  1. So nice to have you back. Ill miss you on road.

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  2. I love this, Anne! :)

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  3. I hear ya! There is no place like the woods to recharge the soul!

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  4. Thanks, Kate! I will still be running the roads with you guys and you can ALWAYS come run in the woods, too :)

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  5. Good for you! What a beautiful picture from your run!

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  6. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing Anne. I have lost my mojo too - actually have just started writing a blog about it! Maybe some trails will bring it back....

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  7. Thanks, Roz! I'll be looking for you post. Even if it's not the trails, just changing routes seems to help.

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  8. Such gorgeous pictures! And very wise words... I get caught in the pr trap, too. It really is all about enjoying the process. Thanks for the reminder!

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  9. Happy for you! I love trail running & ultras for the same reason. In fact, I hiked a good majority of my 50K with all the elevation! :)

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  10. [...] course. As soon as I post about how I love running the trails and I’m so glad to have discovered them, the roads remind [...]

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  11. Thanks, Jeannie! Mine won't have a ton of BIG elevation, so it should just be a nice run.

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  12. Thanks, Mandy! If you ever want to join us, it's not far from you.

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  13. Thanks, Laura. And don't get me wrong, I KNOW I'll still go for PRs, just maybe not every race like I was... :) I need to keep enjoying it. Let's face it, I don't get paid for this and never will, so if I'm not enjoying it, what's the point?

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  14. Hey, that looks like Alum Creek, close to where I live. Good luck at the Cleveland Marathon, I want to do that race some year

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  15. Funny, it IS Alum Creek! Happy to see more local people :)

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