I’m sure you guys have heard this so many times that your eyes will start to glaze over once you catch the gist of my point here, but can I just re-emphasize how much running has helped me with life in general? Especially the tough workouts. THOSE are golden. The fricking mile repeats, the tempo runs, holy shit and hallelujah those…those are the gold mines of perseverance I tap into when life gets lifey.
The first few tempo miles are aiihight: My hair feels cute and swishy, my legs feel light, my gait feels coordinated and overall, I feel like I could kick everyone’s ass. And then. I get to the last half of the tempo miles: My hair is stuck in sweaty strands along my back and arms, my legs feel like tanker trucks, I keep staggering a bit to the right and overall, I feel like the world is kicking my ass.
When my body is crying out for me to hit the red button, I slip into a trance. My eyelids hang, my jaw relaxes (sometimes I even drool!), my head tilts a little to the right as if I’m on my way to sleep. My feet glide along the belt, my hands scoop the air as if to propel me forward and bit by bit, minute by minute, segment by segment, I get there and once again, I prove to myself that my will is stronger than my body.
When life feels like it’s kicking my ass, I don’t jump off, I don’t lose my shit, and I don’t press the red button. I just go hard within myself (TWSS…omg I’m incurable) and get through it bit by bit, minute by minute, segment by segment.
Here’s a super special selfie I took after my latest tempo treadmill run. You’ll notice that it’s not cute. I’m wearing a Christmas shirt, my makeup is both missing and smeared, and I actually even look a bit green. Because this is real life.
It’s hard to tell new runners to ignore their bodies, because doing so is usually a recipe for injury, but I know my body well enough to know the difference. Do you? How often do you ignore your body and push through?
Do you have any seasonal shirts that you wear year-round even when it’s not Christmas/Halloween, etc?
What kind of headphones/earbuds do you use?