It's okay...I ran today.
Ah, the little motivational quotes we share with each other in the hopes of sparking a fire or encouraging our tribe. I had/have so many little diddies like this that moved me, physically and/or emotionally, through life's moments. I loved seeing this quote in the foreground of a breathtaking view; most of the time, on those days I smiled, because I HAD actually run that day.
Those days of being 'okay' and 'running today' are few and far between. Occasionally, there's a relationship between being okay and running; more often than not, I'm not okay and I'm not running. I am, however, almost completely okay with NOT running, or my drastic decline in mileage. And for the most part, I am NOT okay running. July just kicked my ass on so many levels and I honestly didn't care to continue marathon training or even running. I wasn't getting any faster; in fact, I was getting progressively slower. My body wasn't recovering well, no matter how much yoga, sleep, massage I gave myself. I started expending more energy worrying about what was happening than just allowing the process to unfold. I always owned the run, yet I went broke. I didn't even have that.
For the month of July, I ran a total of 90 miles; for the month of August I ran 40 miles. I ran 3 miles LAST WEEK. I have since stopped analyzing all the whys because this is part of the process. I did, though, have another momentous week that absolutely contributed to today's success.
Some of the Crazies gathered this morning for a birthday celebration run. I had not put on my beloved shoes for 7 days, but my feet responded well to the fit. We kept a steady pace to support much needed conversations. It also helped keep our core temps in check, considering it was already in the mid-80's with the humidity hanging in the already heavy air. A short loop through the Parkway (normally a trail I absolutely late) ended with a brief walk/run combo until we made it to the car. Our gathering concluded with a hum of chatter at Dunkin Donuts.
I left there, and have since continued my day, with a smile on my face realizing more than one could in 30 minutes worth of running.