On Wednesday I had a good run; I think the first good run of my marathon training and since coming off an injury late last year. There are those runs, that from the beginning you just know you’re in the zone, your steps feel light, your breathing is synched, the whole act feels fluid. Not all runs are like this, in fact, most aren’t.
I am not one of those people who would tell you “even the worst day of running is better then the best day of being a couch potato”. There are some days that my runs don’t feel good, where I am tried and it is a struggle to keep going and not turn around (and sometimes I do).
There was a piece on NPR a few days ago (listen above) that was about how in the facebook generation we have turned into a society of braggers, where people only post the good news online and leave out the rest. To some extent I feel I have been that way on this blog, putting down the successes and not admitting the failures.
Over the course of the several months were I was dealing with knee issues, I was depressed about not being able to run, and I let a lot of the habits I had built for myself go by the wayside. I went from 155, back up to, at one point to 170 (this was also in the middle of the holidays, but no real excuse). Now I am back down to 163, but it is still a struggle to get back down to where I was.
What I am really trying to get at is that, even though I may sound like I have it all together from my posts, there are still those days where all I want to do after work is come home, get in my PJs and watch TV while gorging on ice cream. As Newton said, objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted upon by a force.
Not every run is going to be great, not every day of dieting is going to feel good. By I can honestly say that since I have gotten back on track the last several weeks, I feel way better then I did when I started to slip and eat junk again. Keep your eyes on the horizon, remember why your doing what your doing, the long term goal, and keep in mind those really great runs.