I am writing this just after finishing a 2 mile run. The weather is perfect for an outdoor run — mid 50’s, slight breeze, slightly overcast. And I felt good the entire 2 miles. My running has been inconsistent lately, so I often have to stop and walk for a few minutes, but not today. I was completely in a zone. I may be slow, averaging a 14 – 15 minute mile, but I simply don’t give a damn about my speed. I am amazed that I can actually run 2 miles. The fact that I can do it at all is enough for me. I don’t have to do it quickly or look pretty doing it!
I ran my very first 5K last December. It had snowed the night before and part of the course was total snow so I couldn’t run the whole thing. It was a tough race the day I did it, but now I look back on it and think, “What a great story to tell for your first 5K.” I wrote about it here if you want to read about it.
I am looking forward to running another 5K. The one I did in December was a small race. I’d like to find other small races. I went with my husband when he ran the Hot Chocolate last year. That was insanity. So. Many. People!!!! Maybe I’ll consider running a big race in September — my cousin likes to run the Chicago half marathon and I always go to cheer him on. They also have a 5K that day, too, so maybe I’ll run that 5K.
I like running. I just wish that it “felt” more consistent. Some days when I run, I feel invincible, like I did this morning. Other days, I feel like I am going to die after 30 seconds and every step is a challenge. I don’t expect it to be easy, but I wish it was more predictable.
Maybe I’ll just keep on running and finding 5Ks I want to do and not worry about easy or hard.