Good Days Running
There have been days when I feel worn out from working all day and I don’t feel like I have the energy to get out and run. When these thoughts come then I begin to make other excuses, such as “I’ve been putting in a lot of miles in this week so I deserve a rest” or “it’s not good to overtrain.” There have been times when I have given into these thoughts, but there are times when I have got out the door and went running. Sometimes when feeling this way, I start out my run a little sluggish, but something happens and I somehow tap into some energy reserves that I didn’t know I had.
When this happens my legs seem to glide down the trail effortlessly. I don’t feel like I’m struggling for breath, and I feel like I could run forever. After a run like this I often think two thoughts. The first thought: “I am so glad that I got my run in today, even though I didn’t feel like I had energy.” The second thought: “I wonder how many good runs I’ve missed out on when I felt too tired to run.”
Often when I don’t feel like running, I’ll try to remember these two thoughts. I know that if I can only get out the door I could have one of those days that are better than a normal day running…a day that feels effortless.
This doesn’t happen every time I don’t feel like running, but go anyway. I’m not sure what it is that makes those running days better than other days. But I guess it’s good to always get out the door because you never know when one of those days will come.