Running has evolved for me over the course of the last 5+ years. I remember when I started, back in 2010, I ran for fun with friends and to get away from the thoughts that constantly kept my brain working overtime. It was a way for me to escape, and also a way for me to keep pushing the bar with my goals.
I realized the more and more I ran, the more I got faster and could hit personal bests.
I was in competition with myself and loved the thrill of chasing the medal … and I have many to show for it!
I went from 5k to 10k to 15k to half marathon in the course of months of training. I got to truly see how far my feet would take me.
My husband and I got to travel to some fun destinations and see everything on foot!
(Us at the Dumbo Double Dare Inaugural weekend)
I met some amazing friends, who have become lifelong friends, who run virtually with me to this day – even with gaps of time between life and motherhood.
I even got to see what 26.2 miles of hills and national history felt like with my first (and currently ONLY marathon) running the Marine Corps Marathon in 2013.
Life is ever-evolving and always changing. After we moved to Las Vegas and became pregnant, in what seemed to be a time flash right before my eyes, I happened to take a break from running of a couple of years.
When it came to getting back into it, I felt like I was starting all over again. I realized that was okay, and that my mindset and reasons for running had to change.
I’m enjoying the miles as an escape more than a social hour.
NOW there is NOTHING wrong with social miles. I LOVE spending time with friends and look forward to meeting up to do long runs and weekly runs together with my buds. This time things are a little different. Sometimes I can meet up and others I can’t. Sometimes life happens and friends can’t make it or even I can’t. Sometimes I have to just get out of the house to get the miles in and come back for mom duty. So, it’s all about my mindset to take the time to enjoy the miles more than making the runs about social hour.
Miles = hours & minutes = soaking it all in.
I chose, this time, to use the time for mama time. I hadn’t had much focused time with the Lord or to listen to podcasts or to just unplug my brain from caring for others. It’s my innate nature to be a mama, and a wife, and a trainer, and a coach and a friend … and sometimes I would let my cup runneth dry! That cup needed to be refilled. So, I could just space out to music and even use the miles for time to listen to my bible studies and work on personal development for ME. ME time is no longer about me just getting in a workout; it’s all about me getting in some time for mental clarity.
I appreciate the miles now.
It’s not like I didn’t before, but now that time is even more precious I am grateful for those rough moments and those happy moments hitting the pavement.
I don’t know about you, but I love to move to some good music. Whether it’s in class when I’m teaching fitness or when I’m in my own zone in a workout, good music pumps me up and keeps me focused on staying the course!
Another buddy I keep with me on my runs is the Rock My Run App! I can find fun mixes of music, even using them in classes also, to jam out to playlists that keep me motivated and moving forward!
Want to try it out yourself? Use the CODE: KATRINA for a FREE month to start and let me know what your favorite playlist is after you dig into it!