Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ramblings about Running

I wanted to write a post just about running, some will find it interesting and some of you, not so much....so I'm sorry if this completely bores you. Running has been my main hobby lately. I wouldn't say I've been running a lot as in putting in many miles in one week, but I have been running consistently. Every day after school, I'm able to go to a nearby park and run 3 miles. I enjoy this time listening to my music and thinking about whatever while also pushing my body. I've been getting faster just by running 3 miles every day, which I REALLY want to get faster so I'm pretty excited about this. I was also able to do 7 miles on Saturday at a new location. It was 30 degrees and windy which is very unusual weather for the valley, so the park was deserted. It was a great feeling having the whole place to myself, and it was also nice to go somewhere different.
I've also been reading a lot about running. I probably spend as much time reading about it than I do actually running. I just finished a book by Suzy Favor Hamilton. I'm not going to recommend the book because if books had ratings it would be rated R. Suzy was an Olympic runner who later came to live a double life as a Vegas call-girl. It was definitely an interesting read but gave a little too much detail. I've currently been reading Running Man, by Charlie Engle. If you are an ultramarathoner, I'm sure you know who he is. He was a drug and alcohol addict who started doing endurance sports and even ran across the entire Sahara dessert. It just amazes me how much pain someone can go through and still continue running. I've also been reading several running blogs. MilePosts is my favorite and if you are a female runner, I would definitely say to check it out! I've also started the book, How Bad Do You Want It, where Matt Fitzgerald looks into the psychological aspects of running. I'm not sure I agree with most of it, but maybe when I finish I have more to say on this book. Lastly, I just watched the Prefontaine movie. I love watching movies about runners.
Ok. So after writing that, I realize I sound obsessed and I probably am. I enjoy running and love learning about running. However, there is a point at which it becomes an idol. I don't want it to come to this point. I don't want it to come before God or before others- I pray that it hasn't already done so. One of the cool things about the writer of MilePosts is she is a Christian. She talks about how she prays during her long runs. I want to be able to do that. I want running to bring me closer to God instead of farther way. Usually I'm just thinking about how much it hurts, how I should be going faster, or what I want to eat afterward. It is very hard for me to pray while I run.
I've come to accept the fact that I was not born a natural runner. It doesn't come easy to me at all, and I am not built like a runner. I want to be able to run long and fast, but I feel that I can't. I probably put in a solid 20-25 miles per week on a good week. This is NOTHING compared to other runners, but I have to remember not to compare myself to others. It's my body, my run, my race. I want to see how fast I can get my 5k time- right now I'm making small goals and am shooting for 26:06. But I eventually would love to be in the 24s.
I'm not interested in running marathons. Maybe half-marathons or 10ks. I just want to run faster, not necessarily farther.
Ok I think I'm done rambling about running. Hope I didn't bore you too much!