Today I attempted to start some type of running routine. I didn’t run yesterday and I don’t have plans tonight, so in order for my routine to work that means I ran tonight. After work I quickly changed and got myself to the park before I gave myself too long to talk myself out of it (it’s hot and muggy! I don’t wanna!).
I decided to listen to Spotify on my run. I’ve been listening to Tori Amos a lot lately and wanted to continue that on my run but debated the logic of running to a musician known for piano ballads. Then I remembered WholeHealthDork’s recent post about running to podcasts and figured if she can run to people talking, I can run to Tori. So I did.
It was a good thing I was listening to relaxing music because I spent the first part of my run terrified for the guy in front of me who was running, fast, with a shoe untied.
The rest of my run was pretty uneventful. I tried to focus on keeping a steady pace and using my breath to relax myself. This wasn’t my fastest run but that was intentional since I just ran at a faster pace on Sunday. I’m mainly interested in logging miles now and I’ll work on making them faster a little while later.
I wanted to stop early on. Thankfully not from leg pain, which I only noticed briefly at one point but it went away. I was just going through the mental grind of running. I told myself I could slow down but I wasn’t going to stop (mental training!). I was getting around that park. And I did.
Oh, and I signed up for another race! The Freedom 4 Miler on July 5th. I ran this race last year but it was downtown; this year it’s in Forest Park. So that’s a second race to prepare for in June. As much as I’ve run in Forest Park, I don’t think I’ve ever raced there, so that should be a fun experience.