Relaxing on the run

When we’re not out running a race, I dedicate my Sunday runs to long, slow, drawn-out distances (more commonly known as LSD’s). It’s a time to be by myself, get time on my feet and just relax. But on my run this morning, I began to notice how tense I was. When I walked the dreaded hill up passed Cumberland, I felt incredibly guilty for walking. As I headed down the beautiful tree-lined Elgin Road, I kept checking my watch and calculating time. What for?

I eventually stopped, breathed and re-examined why I was out running in the first place. It wasn’t to get a PB, so why the rush? It wasn’t to do any speed work or hill training, so why the guilt? I consciously had to slow down and start my run over again, ensuring I was doing so with the right frame of mind as I ran.

I found today’s experience similar to when I go for a spa treatment. Numerous times throughout the session, I have to actually tell myself to relax. And when I do, I can feel my body calming down and unwinding, but I need to do this a few times. It seems as if I’m constantly wired and uptight. Relaxing does not come easy to me.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel as if the lives we live today have become so stressful, so tense that we are in a 24/7 state of anxiety and tension?

Running definitely allows me to release some of that worked up tension and really gives me the time and space to think (and over think) everything that’s going on in my head. But every now & then, it’s good to stop and examine the reasons for doing something in the first place.

So as I stood on the pavement and took a deep breath, I slowly started running again. I promised myself that my Sunday runs were all about me giving back to my body and to relaxing my mind. But mostly to be out there enjoying myself.

Just run

I must say, the rest of my run went much better. I decided that although I love posting my runs to Strava & Facebook, it might help to leave the watch at home every now and then. If only to relax while I run.

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Slack runner = slack blogger

You know that feeling when, in the back of your mind, something gnaws at you, but you ignore it. You constantly feel guilty and keep making promises to yourself that you inevitably land up breaking? Well, that’s been me and my blogging (as well as my running) lately.

The truth is I’ve been neglecting my blog. It’s not that I’ve lost my mojo or don’t have anything to say. I’ve got tons of drafts written down (in my head). But they don’t feel ‘right’. They are lacking that ‘something’.

It’s been the same with my running. The weather has slowly started to change into chilly Autumn mornings and the sun has been setting earlier and earlier each evening. My motivation to get out there and run has been lacking as I find every excuse to work late or spend Sunday mornings in bed.

It was only after coming back from a run this morning with my good running friend Terence, that I realized something. The more I run, the more I think of things to write about. When my running is at its peak, I have a gazillion blog posts that I want to write. But when I slack off, so too does my writing.

Run & Sweat

When I’m out on the road, be it walking or running, I have the chance to properly process my thoughts. I have time on my hands to think of what’s been going on in my life and to explore my feelings for situations. It then becomes so much easier to write things down and in some weird way, make sense of it all. It’s as if I have time to ‘talk to myself’.

Offloading Catching up with Terence on the run this morning, I realized that there’s quite a bit going on in my life. Some big issues, some smaller ones. Nothing serious or anything. Just stuff I haven’t yet thought about.

Okay, I need to run more. But more importantly, I need to blog!

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