I was tagged by @greenbodymary to share my #runningstory, so here it is!
I was always super active and would roam as far as I was allowed (and even further) on my bike and legs as a kid, however I was never athletic in a traditional sense. No hand-eye/foot coordination and afraid of the ball. I was miserably bad at other sports like basketball and volleyball and would sometimes cry before games because it was so embarrassing and NOT fun.
In 7th grade, I was old enough to join the middle school CC & track teams, and my luck with organized sports changed! Finally something I was good at and I was hooked. I ran throughout HS & was on varsity all 4 years, was the top 1/2 runner after my freshman year, and team captain the last couple years.
I loved the training & worked really hard cross training, running & lifting in the off-season, but had pretty bad performance anxiety. I got several stress fractures those years & spent a lot of time in our school’s basement on the elliptical and at the Y pool-running.
By my junior year, negative body image issues that I’d kind of struggled with since middle school got much worse, & my running goals had shifted from performance based to a means for burning calories. I was restricting what I ate & becoming obsessive with the number on the scale. I continued to run decently, but was physically & mentally struggling a lot.
Going into my senior year, I‘d put in a lot of work over the summer & was running my fastest times/placing really well at big meets. At sectionals however, I totally lost it- after the gun went of, I just kind of jogged. I panicked, & was “throwing” the race. I snapped out of it & tried to get back to the lead pack but ultimately just gave up & ran my slowest time of the season. Not only was I not going to state, I knew I didn’t even try. It was a failure that crushed me.
I trained with the track team that spring, but refused to compete. Running had lost its joy for me & I was just too burnt out from it to entertain the idea of racing, and especially of running in college. I don’t think I ever reached my potential in HS, & thought that was basically the end of my running “career.” (Cont’d in comments)
Posted at: 2019-07-18 02:30:56
Do you take a day off of a workout when your body is feeling extra fatigued?
- @susankurtz77 ❤️
YESSSSSSS! 100%. It honestly doesn’t matter what it is- just a regular easy run or a key workout. If things are OFF- then it’s not a hard decision to skip the run- or push it off. Knowing how to navigate this is the key to showing up to start lines healthy & ready. If you are too committed to a schedule (that is not a living & breathing & adapting thing to YOUR actual body) - then you can accidentally push yourself into injury or fatigue. And you don’t want to do that!
Your body is the smartest. It sends you signals of what is going on. Your job is to listen to it - & respond to it. That’s what sets the smart & successful runners apart. PS it does NOT make you weak, a slacker, or lazy to listen to your body. This mentality of “let’s do everything to the max & see who is left standing after we overdo it” is gonna kill us all off from the sport. ☠️HAHAH. Moderation + consistency will get you further than foolish intensity. I promise.
Just also want to clarify- marathon training is tiring- the point of it is cumulative fatigue. The point of training is to kinda be tired- & have to run fast on tired legs. And it’s exciting when you see your body pull through & perform when you show up to a workout and literally have NO CLUE how your body can pull it off. But if I’m EXTRA fatigued, if I’m feeling sick, if my workouts have been off & I haven’t been hitting close to the paces I need to, then I KNOW it’s important for me to back down to let my body recover. A couple days off really does NOT matter in the grand scheme.
👉🏽You’re not a slave to anything- a workout, a coach, a schedule. You can get to your destination (your race goal) without being so rigid & ignoring helpful feedback from your body. If you listen to your body- it will not steer you wrong.
2 EZ watchless miles today - goal is to have a low resting heart rate on days I work out —> a sign that my body is acclimating to running again & getting in shape. One day at a time.🥰🙌🏽
This picture was taken two days after the #berlinmarathon in 2016 in Austria. Today, looking back I understand how much has changed since then. I'm getting stronger every day! And you know guys what? If I can do it you also can!
Posted at: 2019-07-17 20:38:21
Never happier than when I’m salty & sweaty 😍
With no races on the horizon, I’ve been loving running for the joy of running, which means lots of quality time with friends, exploring wherever I can, and never saying no to a mid run 🌊 dip (despite v sandy toes 😝)
📸: @mollymalone2.0 🏃🏼♀️: @tracksmithrunning
Posted at: 2019-07-16 20:01:34
Look what I found during the running! This old school bike is so cute! Isn't it?
In the morning light☀️
Sie ist zurück, die Sonne 😎 das tut wahnsinnig gut. Ganz anders als @culli_runs mag ich den Wechsel des Wetters und der Temperaturen wirklich gern. Warum kann ich gar nicht genau betiteln. Nur bei den wirklichen Extremwerten komme dann auch ich ins schnaufen😊 wie gehts euch mit dem Auf und Ab der Temperaturen aktuell?
Mal was ernstes:
Durch die Anmeldung zum #ironmanfrankfurt werde ich im kommenden Jahr weiterhin sehr viel Sport machen. Warum also nicht gleichzeitig etwas Gutes tun und denen helfen, die es wirklich brauchen.
Als Teil der @frankfurter_teufelsfahrer bin ich gleichzeitig Spendenfahrer für die Kinderkrebshilfe Frankfurt.
Das Projekt der Teufelsfahrer basiert auf privaten Spenden, zunächst primär für gefahrene Radkilometer (xx Cent pro Kilometer). Als Triathlet mache ich aber noch viel mehr und würde dies gerne nutzen um weitere Spenden fürs Laufen und Schwimmen zu sammeln.
Natürlich erkläre ich euch bei Interesse gerne mehr.
Ich würde mich über Unterstützung freuen. 🤙
The early morning runner catches the Summer sunrise 🌅
4 more miles for @runatworld 🙌🏽 Bit of a run/walk but averaging a 10.31mm pace. Stopped my watch for 📸 but otherwise kept it ticking over for all walking breaks so pretty pleased with that pacing 😀
And it was all worth it for the sunrise this morning 💙 Even getting soaked for the last 1.5miles when it chucked it down ☔️
30 YEAR PLAN...
Look just like this 😂
The internet can sure be ridiculous.
But hey... guess I know I can still be looking like a snack come age 58.
Alright my must be tired cause the absurdness of both this post and pic are out of control....
Ps I didn’t actually sign up on the app so technically I didn’t sign away my likeness 😜
hunger and gratitude being known ~
took Yin tonight at @thespokaneyogashala, following a technical-vertical-yang run with @allenduffy through my new favorite trail, Dishman park 🌲 // also ran a bonus full moon run last night with @justfisch9 and Nikki and doggies. // am I starting to enjoy Yin Caterpillar?? 🤔
“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.” -Gail Sheehy •
All 4 of us went to the same high school and are from the same class. Crazy to think how much we’ve changed over the years & how running has helped us cross paths again.