Have you ever noticed there is really no connection at all between how you are feeling before a run and how the run actually goes? I’ve had times where I felt really pumped and great about going out for a run and then felt sluggish and slow the whole way. Other times (many times actually), I have felt tired and horrible and then had a great run.
Last night, it was cold, windy, and dark. I am fighting off a cold (thanks Campbell) and the couch felt sooooo nice. Getting up to put on my running clothes seemed way too overwhelming. I couldn’t even process the thought of actually running. However, I had plans to meet up with two running buddies that are also really great friends. I wanted to see them, so I dragged myself up and out the door.
I turned out to be a great run. Even though we started out slow and ended slow due to a snowy stretch of sidewalk, our average pace was 9:49 and I felt really strong and energetic the whole way. I could have run faster. And of course, the conversation was great and it was mentally recharging to hang out with two of my favorite people for 40 minutes. After the run, I felt 100 times better than before I went.
Does this happen to you? I always remind myself of this phenomena when I don’t want to run. I don’t think I’ve ever actually been sorry to have gone, so I try to make myself head out even when I’m not feeling it.
Oh, and I haven’t completely given up on my something interestings. I did a few lunges last night. They really make my legs/hips feel great the next day.