This morning Chase and I ran the Green Valley Association 9th Annual 10K Run and 5K. This is the first time he has ever run a race with me, so it was great to have him with me! He ran the 5k and I ran the 10k. All I have to say about this race is HOLY HILLS!
Seriously, I ran up and down at least 15 hills. That is a LOT for a 6.2 mile run. To be honest, it was DREADFUL.
I went from this:
To this in a mere 51:27 minutes:
I think the fact that the course was INSANE coupled with my complete and utter dehydration (I was super unintelligent and did not drink more than a cup of water this morning as we were rushing out the door to get to the race).
However, as I was bemoaning every stride, I think a part of me fell back in love with running. The course, while hellacious, was also amazingly beautiful. And as I was panting in misery, it made me keenly aware of how blessed I am to have a body that is capable of running. Running is a gift, and I do not want to take it for granted. By the same token, our bodies are also gifts and we need to take care of them and not run them ragged. In the past I have been awful at listening to what my body needs and just forcing it to perform. I think it is time to progress past this frame of mind, and instead choose to savor each run, but also enjoy rest when need be.
Now, I am going to let my body rest. And join my running buddy in some serious re-hydration!
Are you good at listening to your body or do you tend to ignore the signs it tries to send you? How can you be more kind to your body?