I’ve never been a natural runner, but I’ve always liked getting out there and giving it my best shot. Being a fair-weather runner and now that the weather is better I’ve made more of an effort to work runs into my weekly routine. Fair enough, the more advanced runners constantly ‘whizz’ by me as I’ve done a lot of the walk, jog, sprint routine, but they always give me a smile of encouragement or a friendly hello.
Getting outside again now that the weather has improved has been a major selling point for me instead of on the treadmill. Also, being able to appreciate the beautiful scenery that I’m lucky to live in has been a great incentive for me to tie up the laces on my running shoes and get outdoors. I’ve been able to enjoy evening sunsets where I stop to take in the view and love starting my day with an early morning run with the dawn chorus and a beautiful sunrise to greet me whilst I’m stomping down the pavements.
Something that is different about my approach to running this time is that I’m not putting any pressure on myself to do well. I’m simply running for the sheer hell of it and get so much more pleasure from it compared to when I was competing against myself and trying to run specific distances with time constraints. Even though I’ve entered a race this year, I’m not bothered if I run, walk or skip around the planned route, I’m just happy to be taking part and going to love being out there experiencing it all.
This year, I’m actually taking more pride in my fitness gear and updated my tired leggings and running tops that I’ve had for years with some bold colours and bright prints. There’s nothing like some new fitness gear to urge you to be healthy and fit and personally I’ve loved wearing more brighter gear out in the sunshine and my practically luminous running shoes give me more of a spring in my step.
Being able to dust off those cobwebs, daily stresses and giving myself the time and space to be able to clear my mind of any heavy thoughts is why I love running. A lovely commenter on my Instagram feed said she felt free when she went out running and I wholeheartedly agree. The escapism and freedom that I feel when I’m outdoors running is second to none and something that you can’t buy for love or money.
I’ve entered Race for Life this year and looking for some more local races and have even considered trying out Parkrun after seeing so many fantastic write ups about them on other blogs. Having something to work towards is another motivator that has made it easier to get out the door and start running again. There’s nothing like a race to make you feel more accountable and incentivised to make me get my running shoes on.
So as you can probably tell, I’m so happy to have refound my running mojo and having a wonderful time pounding the pavements. I’m no seasoned runner, by no stretch of the imagination. I’ve never run a marathon, but it is something that I would like to work towards maybe in a couple of years. What I love about running is that you are only limited by your own imagination as to how much you want to achieve, it’s cheaper than the going to the gym and nearly anyone can do it (injuries aside of course). I previously posted my tips for new or novice runners like me that I have kept in mind during my new spell of running love and I have to say that after reading a lot of race recaps recently this running bug is rather contagious.
Have you ever lost your running mojo? How did you get it back?
What inspires you to run and why do you love it so much?