Monument Av 10K race last week. Last week was tough for me - the hubs was out of town for business, I couldn't get a run in, so today I felt so done. I NEED to run.
I was so desperate to start feeling better about everything that I ventured out without music. I refused the hub's offer to borrow his headphones because I just wanted to get out right away. Forget SI Joint Dysfunction, forget ITBS, forget plantar fasciitis. I'm so over being injured. I need a break away from the kids. I'm going for a run. I left the boys with the hubs around 6:30pm. The hubs gave me this look like, "what about dinner?" and I just had to leave. I'm so done. I felt kinda bad afterwards for not telling the hubs ahead of time what I was going to do and to leave him trying to figure out dinner. Yeah, that was bad.
I did my usual 5K out and back to Victor Lane. I started slow and steady. It was a cloudy and the skies threatened rain, but I didn't care. For the first time, I heard the little brook that went under the same running path I take every week. It was neat to hear the water jump over the rocks. I heard birds trying to get away from the darkening skies. I could hear my running shoes hitting the pavement in a rhythm with my breathing. For the first time since I started running, I felt more relaxed, at ease. I didn't feel as hurried by a fast beat, or feel the pressure to run fast to music. I ran as fast and as slow as my body wanted, and it felt good!
The other thing I discovered today was my left running shoe is a wee bit bigger for my left foot! When I doubled up on socks on my left foot, I didn't feel any arch pain! YAY!
It was a great run today. I didn't stop to walk or to jog. I listened to my body and just ran. Do you run with music? Have you tried running without music? Give it a try! It's not as scary as it seems. I was distracted by everything around me to feel burdened by the miles. I actually like running without music now. Helps clear my head. If I ever need to focus on something I want to hear, I play a song in my head, and it works just fine. Try it!