The only pace I ever knew was the one that had me running faster than the run before it. If my pace fell below my self-imposed expectations, I’d be angry with myself. “I can do better. I can run faster,” the voice inside my head squeaked. My ego was always greater than my running ability and it was also my biggest obstacle.
Cue burn out and apathy toward a sport I love so much. A sport I found to be inspiring time and again; a sport where finish lines bring both tears & elation & feelings of accomplishment.
We always hear that things are “all about perspective.” It’s cliche & can apply to nearly every tough situation life throws at us. But, in support of cliches, I am here to say that running is indeed all about perspective.
Working with a coach has challenged that perspective & while it’s only been a short amount of time, it has already taught me that it’s not only about running faster, but getting stronger & going further. While my pace has suffered after a dismal running year in 2015, I’m finally heeding some good sound advice & am fully expecting to run a phenomenal 26.2 at Maine Coast in May. I am running my prescribed recovery runs at a targeted pace, taking advantage of speed workouts, and have been sticking to my long run Sundays – even enjoying them. My January mileage exceeded my expectations & I feel like I’m “back.”
I’m setting the pace, feeling renewed, with fresh legs & a free heart.