Lately I have been fighting with myself over some of my running choices. Should I run outside? Do I need to skip my run? Should I take an extra rest day this week? Michele talked yesterday about how sometimes our stubbornness as runners gets the best of us, and I’ve noticed that about myself alot lately.
Fun side note: I found this picture on an image search and when I clicked to visit page I was linked to Meredith’s blog🙂 Great minds think alike!
Being a Tough Runner
So as I was saying….I want to be tough and run outside in all conditions, but sometimes it’s smarter to skip a run when it’s icy or super cold or opt for the treadmill.
I want to run ALL THE MILES. And run ALL THE RACES. But’s that’s the worst decision ever for me right now.
We always hear messages about never skipping a workout, but sometimes it’s smarter to take a rest day.
These are some of the examples that I feel like I have been dealing with lately.
I couldn’t help but feel guilty when I decided to run on the treadmill last Saturday, only to find out that it wasn’t icy outside like I expected. Other runners were out in the rain that morning- I should have been too. Instead I did my indoor run (where I was warm and dry) and should have just accepted that decision and moved on- because better safe than sorry right? But playing it safe isn’t something that runners usually do.
And don’t even get me started on the “don’t skip a workout thing”. These messages are engrained in us through all forms of social media and as runners we never want to take the “easy way out”. We all know it’s not the end of the world to take an extra rest day- or two- but why do we feel guilty over it? Or not even allow ourselves to do it? When really, it’s sometimes smarter to rest than to be “tough”.
Well now that I got that little rant out of the way, it’s time for some runfessions. On the last Friday of every month Marcia hosts a confession link-up related to any form of working out (runfessions or gymfessions or swimfessions)! Here we go….
- Im embarrassed to say how long I go between washing my winter running gear, like gloves, hats, etc. Especially the gloves because I’m constantly wiping my nose with them.
-I’m still missing one and a half toe-nails post-marathon.
-I have tons of winter running clothes, but wear the same things all the time. I even try to do laundry twice a week so that I always have my favorites. Yet I still want more, thinking I’ll find something even better.
-Sometimes our apartment looks like a poorly designed PRO compression/Oiselle ad.
-I haven’t hated the treadmill as much as usual this year. In fact, it’s not so bad.
-I always pick the treadmill in front of the mirror so I can critique my running form. It’s pretty much impossible to do while I am running, but now it’s just my go-to treadmill. Other people pick treadmills with good TV views but I pick the one where I can stare at myself the whole time. I don’t get it either.
-I’m starting to like hills. I KNOW I DON’T UNDERSTAND EITHER. But lately I have made a point to run them more, even if its a few mini repeats at the end of a run, and I really think its helped with my form and strength. The area I am moving to has hills so I need to be ready!
-I’ve been wearing a headlamp for my dark runs ever since I got one for Christmas and I sort of love it. Not many runners in the city use them since it’s pretty well lit around here, but it’s been perfect for watching out for potential icy patches.
-I started incorporating some running drills before some of my runs, and I have totally become the weirdo on the block who can be seen skipping or side-stepping with a headlamp on at 5:30 am.
-Sometimes I plan my run times around the sunrise. But can you blame me?
Well that’s all for now. Happy Friday everyone!
Do you struggle with being a “smart” runner versus a “tough” runner?
Tell me your Runfessions!!