Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hard Core Runners Do It...so can I?

I haven't written about running since my post about the half marathon, so I guess I should update.  I've consistently been running three days a week, but have recently had to switch to treadmill running for 2 of those 3 days due to schedule changes for my husband.  I've had thoughts of waking up at 4am like some of the hard core runners do in order to get my run done before he has to leave for work, but it just seems so early.  Instead, I wait until 8am and take my daughter to the Y.  She gets to play with other little ones and I can get a run in on the treadmill.  If a patient ever asks me about treadmill running, I always encourage them to run outside.  The treadmill completely changes the bio mechanics of the run.  Not only are you no longer allowing your natural stride to occur, but it's difficult to run your pace.  I find it far too easy to push the arrow button up and run at a pace that is a little too fast, which then changes my stride, and then sets me up for an injury since I'm not allowing my own bio mechanics to move me above the ground.  Instead, I'm trying to keep up with the moving mat below me. 

I'd say my biggest complaint however, is that I don't "enjoy" my run.  I was reminded this morning as I was able to get a morning run squeezed in before my husband left for work later than usual, just how much joy running brings me.  When I'm on the treadmill, it feels like a workout.  When I run down the road, I see things I never pay attention to when I'm driving.  The world just seems different, almost like someone hit the pause button while I get to explore the scenes. 

This morning, as I ran down Wood Street in Chesterton, a gorgeous deer was standing just a few feet away from me as I ran by.  We watched each other as I passed and she stayed right where she was.  I couldn't believe how close we were.  I could actually see her belly move as she breathed in and out.  I ran with no purpose this morning, other than to enjoy my run.  I didn't have a set time or distance in mind.  Instead, I just ran and followed my feet. 

With a little encouragement from a wonderful runner I happen to know, my next "goal" is to start running in the those early morning hours.  Every Tuesday and Thursday, my alarm will be going off at 4:15am.  For me....it seems worth it.  I want to enjoy my runs.  My favorite run of all time is still during a blizzard last winter when I was sprayed by a snow plow.  There were no other cars on the road, no one outside, and I got to enjoy the fresh fallen snow before the rest of the world came outside.  It was by far the most peaceful run I ever experienced, snow plow and all. That makes it worth getting up early for...enjoying the calm before noise starts.  Not to mention, I get another hour of Lyla/Mommy time before I have to go to work.  I may have just convinced myself to start becoming one of those "hard core" runners.  ..