Before I say another word, I must let you know about the latest flavor at Red Mango.
Seriously. Popcorn yogurt? I learned to accept and even like the popcorn-flavored jelly beans but yogurt?
It’s decent. I will give it that. It doesn’t taste like popcorn though and if you swirl it with vanilla, it somehow tastes like vanilla pudding.
Not that I ever really liked vanilla pudding but in yogurt flavor fantasyland, I like vanilla pudding.
Anyway, moving on…
Everything happens for a reason. I have always believed in this, even when things don’t make sense and the reasons aren’t fully clear at the time.
On Sunday I will be going with my son to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs (!!!) where my Islanders will take on the Washington Capitals here at the Nassau Coliseum at 12:00 pm.
That’s right. NOON. A really early Sunday matinée game.
Now, had I registered to run the Fitness Magazine Half as originally planned, which is also taking place on Sunday, I never would have made it back from the city in time to shower, eat, recover and get to the game.
I had zero reason to NOT register for this race at registration time as the playoff schedule was not even known until a few days ago.
But if you recall, I suddenly decided this half marathon was not important to me this year so I did not register to run it!
Funny how things work out, right?
So anyway, I didn’t run Wednesday morning which meant I was supposed to wake up fresh and ready to roll yesterday for a beautiful morning run.
I was not expecting my pace for the first mile to be 9:19.
Nor was I expecting to feel the start of a side stitch developing within the first few steps.
Lately my runs are nothing short of phenomenal. My speedy runs are speedy, consistent, sustainable and, well, just on point with where I want to be while my recovery runs are just that – recovery.
Yesterday’s run should have started a good 30 seconds faster than it did.
I was a little shocked if you want to know the truth given how things have been rolling for me these days.
But I went with it. I have come to understand, respect and trust my body so much to know that I just need to go with where I am at and let the miles fall where they may.
You cannot push yourself to go faster when you have a side stitch. I mean, maybe you can but I wouldn’t advise it nor would I do it.
I kept things where I was comfortable, knowing from experience that everything would probably work itself through on its own, allowing for my pace to pick up naturally, and if it didn’t at all for this run, I was totally okay with that.
I am telling you all of this in detail today, not just to display splits which show that clearly my side stitch went away and my pace did in fact pick up on its own but to try to express how elated I feel about the running part of my life right now, how comfortable and confident I feel within each mile of every run – good or bad.
I can’t even fully put the feeling into words but something has changed.
You know I have always loved running simply for running which is why I do it and I have always been confident, but something between my running and me is just –different these days.
Like on another level.
Maybe it’s the Pure Barre, maybe it’s all of those winter treadmill miles or maybe it’s everything tied together with the experiences we get from the good runs, bad runs, fast runs, slow runs and races we complete that work as one to help us learn and grow into the runners we are supposed to be with each step we take.
I may never run a marathon (I don’t know, I just don’t think I truly care to?) and I may not be as fast as some of the other bloggers you follow but that’s all fine and good because I love where I am at.
I just ended a sentence with the word, “at” which you legally aren’t allowed to do since you shouldn’t end sentences with prepositions but this is my blog and I run the show around here, okay? Okay!
This weekend when you are out there, don’t focus on your pace. Don’t worry about the miles or the race you have coming up or if you are running as fast or as long as the runners you see on your path or in blog land.
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Popcorn flavored yogurt – yay or nay?
How are your runs feeling overall these days?
Anyone racing this weekend? Who is off to Boston?!