FINDING YOUR STRIDE // FASTEST 5 MILER OF 2019
Running and PRs in general are about so much more than number written down and recorded.
It’s about doing something, literally anything, that felt impossible just a few weeks or days ago. It’s about finding your happy place and your happy pace. And, that’s exactly what I was able to do during yesterday’s 5 miler run and lift afterwards. I knew it was going to be a great run from the very minute I put my iPod on shuffle and ‘Dangerous Woman’ by Ariana Grande started playing. Which, is pretty ironic considering last Wednesday’s ankle injury and that fact that I have been making an effort to put safety first when it comes to running lately. So, naturally I took off crazy fast. But, unlike most other runs, I never really hit that speed wall or regretted taking off like Morgan Wallen was waiting at the finish line for me.
The two things that set this run apart from every other 5 miler this year were form and attitude. It was slightly breezy out and I knew that the only way too combat this was by paying attention to my form. Also, running with good form was just one of many things that would hopefully prevent me from both re-injuring my currently still messed up ankle and the rest of m body. However, this run wasn’t perfect by any means. It was humid out, I hated every minute of having to climb the mini hill to cross the rail road tracks, and I never got any breaks whatsoever from traffic or trains passing through town.
BUT, I did a superb job of being super positive about everything for the entire 47 minute and 25 second run.
Which, is a whole lot easier said than done. Especially, when you’re starting to get fatigued mentally+physically and you know that you have to end your run with identical laps around the same streets and houses. By the start of lap 2, all any normal person would want to do is say F this, let’s just go climbs some hills or run the twisty trail and risk another ankle injury. That’s usually me, because running around in circles is what the track is for, not the lovely 100% danger free streets and sidewalks. The only way I made it through the last monotonous 1.5 was to challenge myself to run just a little bit faster each block, with just a little more arm power and leg drive.
Even though I knew that I had given a stellar, award winning performance by the time I hit my watch…I was still a little unsure on if I had really done enough for a “good” or “fast” time. When I saw my time, I was thrilled. Elated. More than ready to jump up from my current longest running distance of 6 miles all the way back up to running 7-8 miles multiple times a week. That’s the type of runners high I was on. So, it wasn’t a huge surprise to me when that energy carried over into my lifting session. Except, that I haven’t been able to do regular push ups in nearly a year because of my messed up pelvis AND I have always struggled with benching any weight over like 90 lbs.
When I was able to make both of these previously unattainable and physically impossible things happen, I was’t quite sure what to think. 5 sets of 10 regular push ups and 3 sets of 3 reps with 100 pounds on bench press. All after completely exhausting myself on a record breaking 5 mile run. It’s not something that should happen or should even be possible. But, it did. I finally found my stride, got WAY outside of my comfort zone, and jump a few fitness related hurdles. And, it felt GOOD. Even though I’m still sore from it all, I wouldn’t change a single thing.