Alright, I’m pretty sure the big reason I’m feeling tired and unmotivated and beat up has to do with me… and my own brain processes… and negative thoughts.
I ran yesterday with a friend, she’s a natural runner and speed comes to her easily. While running I didn’t pay any attention to my Garmin; pace, time, distance… Well, a little bit of attention to time because I had to get to work and she had her son’s preschool schedule. But I definitely ignored the pace & distance factors. The whole run felt easy and enjoyable, we just talked non-stop about various things in life and when we wrapped it up I was surprised to see that we had done 4 miles at a 9:00 pace. I know that’s not super fast to some of you, and I’ve run 5Ks faster than that, but for just a simple little run around the neighborhood full of chit-chat that was surprising to me.
The big thing was that I didn’t just sit there inside my head, tearing myself to pieces or dissecting all of the problems in my life (and in the lives of everyone I care about), I just enjoyed the moment with a good friend.
I don’t always have someone to run with, and there are definitely times where I would prefer to run on my own… but I need to find some ways to change the thought patterns going on in my head. Because if I can just get out of my own head, I am WAY stronger than I give myself credit for. Perhaps it is time to break out my copy of Brain Training For Runners again.
Completely Unrelated Side Note: Have you seen the new 10:05 pant from SkirtSports? It looks like a pricey form of jeggings or Pajama Jeans. I’ve never worn jeggings, nor do I own any leggings… but I just have a really hard time thinking they would look right on me. The other day I tweeted that I needed an app to tell me what I should wear each day to look cute and be comfortable. Judging by the response, a lot of people feel the same way. I’m guilty of wearing yoga pants around home all day (or a pair of jeans that are several sizes too big because I’m terrible at judging my own size) but I’m not sure I could be comfortable in pants like these as everyday wear either.
Do any of you wear jeggings or Pajama Jeans? I’m not judging, just curious!