On my three mile run today I thought about what I want from running. I love running. Running clears my mind, relieves my stress and just makes me feel good. A few years back I was running faster than I ever had and faster than I ever thought possible, I even ran a half marathon in 1:54, but is fast the ultimate goal?
I want to be fast. I want to run six minute miles. Is my body capable of this???? Absolutely not. Every single time I try to run fast, whether during a race or training, I become injured. Lately I have been running between nine to ten minute miles and with the right sneakers, I am feeling great.
John Bingham, a pretty big personality known to runners, is known for running, but for running slow. e began running in mid-life and has accomplished so much, but not for being one of the fastest, in contrary, he is known for being one of the slowest. Again, I ask, is fast the ultimate goal??
As I was contemplating my goal for running on my three mile run this morning, I was thinking I am happy at this pace (9-10 min/mile), I am comfortable and feeling no pain. I was thinking how great it felt to run and how it didn’t matter that I was slow. Then BAM I tripped right over a root and fell into the dirt. 🙁
Is this the universe’s way of telling me that I should run faster???
I saw the root, I thought I had cleared it and then I fell. Thankfully, I only scraped my hand and outer ankle, no serious damage other than both wounds were embedded with dirt.
My husband didn’t see me fall as he was behind me. A nice couple pulled up in a car to see if I was oaky, I said yes and they drove away. There is still kindness and humanity in this world. As my husband ran up, he found me sitting on the dirt path, he helped my up and we finished the run together.
This was a great three miles.other than the fall. The aftermath however, was awful. Cleaning a dirt embedded wound with peroxide, which by the way is not recommended anymore as it kills good tissue, hurt like hell. I only used it because there was so much dirt in my wound I really didn’t know ay other way of removing it.
I am hoping for no infections as I have the Runner’s World Half and Festival next weekend!!!!! I will be running the Hat Trick, which is a 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon in one weekend!!!!!! I was supposed to be there last year, but I got injured, so I am really looking forward to this years event! Runner’s World was kind enough to invite and cover my race and lodging expenses, it will be a great “vacation” prior to the start of my new job on Monday the 21st.
Now, to answer my topic question, is fast the ultimate goal???
For me, the answer is a big NO. I want to run fast, I want to win races, but I now I will never be first, second or third. I may place in my age group, but winning is pretty much out of the equation, my body is just not built for fast running and that is okay by me. When I run fast, I tend to get injured, which results in motnhs of not running, which sucks. If running at a slower pace means I will be able to run forever, that is just fine by me.
My ultimate goal is to be able to run for the rest of my life and if that means slowly, then that is awesome!!
My motto is: Run Often, Live Fully, Love Completely.
Fast or slow the motto is the same.
What is your ultimate running goal???