|Most awkward self portrait ever? Yes. And, yes, my feet really are the big.|
Dealing with injuries this year has helped me to realize what I want from running. And what I really want, is THERAPY.
I NEED running in my life.
It calms me down. It helps me sort things out. It helps me feel accomplished and strong.
I get these feelings whether I run an easy workout with a friend, or a tough workout alone.
I feel this way when I run a race that's fun (like a relay) or if I pull out a BQ Marathon.
But you know what? Pushing myself to the limits brings injuries. AND I AM SO DONE WITH INJURIES.
So for now, a 3:30 marathon just isn't in the picture for me. I will run the Ogden Marathon (come Hell or pinched nerves or ITBS or shin splints), but I'm going to enjoy the journey rather than stress it.
Because running isn't about PRing. Running is about feeling alive.
I was talking to my friend Holly about choosing priority races, and my priorities look like this:
A: Relays (Red Rock and Ragnar)
C: Small town 5k's, 10k's, and half marathons.
You've got to choose what is most important and fun for YOU! Just because everyone is rocking the marathons these days doesn't mean you have to!
So, to celebrate my new found peace in my running journey, I'm giving away a little gift. TWO readers that want to register for either the Red Rock Relay in Moab on May 12th, or the Zion Relay on September 7-8 will get a gift card to be used for either apparel, or future race fees!
If you choose Moab- as team captain you will receive a $50 prize.
If you choose Zion- as team captain you will receive a $100 prize.
1. In the comments tell me what race you would like to run and why.
2. Feel free to show Red Rock a little love by checking them out on Facebook as well.
Winners will be announced Friday, March 23rd. Must enter by 4PM MST.