train tracks

August 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

after lingering knee pain coming off a 16-mile training run in the hills of san antonio (florida not texas) i’ve taken off of running for the last nine days. in fact i’ve taken off everything. no bike. no weights. no yoga. no nothing! and though i miss my run desperately i almost feel a bit relieved. though my body still seems to want to wake up at 4:30 a.m., i don’t have to get out of bed. when the friends have beckoned for happy hour, i haven’t had to hesitate to accept. i feel no split time pressure or distance demands. don’t get me wrong. i’d give anything to be able to get up tomorrow morning and run but by that i mean i want to run. not train.

i tend to be a very goal oriented person. it’s the type-A in me. so you would think that racing would be my preference in running. new goals. new PRs. new challenges. new successes. all laid out in pretty little organized spreadsheets. but for some reason it’s not who i am in my run. i feel so restricted when i train. so controlled by what i’m supposed to do instead of what i want to do. and i want my trails. the woods. i want to run fast ~ if i feel it. i want to run slow ~ if i don’t. and though i want to achieve them, the goals i have for MCM, amelia island and the fall seem far less important than simply running to release.

i’ll be back out there in the next day or two i’m sure. i’ll train. i’ll push. i’ll follow. but i’m jumping the straight and narrow tracks of the road and running for the trails.

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