Running for the last two years has been ad hoc, fun and event free. Apart from an injury in spring this year, there was really nothing to write home about with regards to my running. Hence the blog silence.
No problem there then, well you’d think. But, I’m not one to plateau, I like the feeling of achieving more than I thought I could, improving technique or pace, generally bettering myself. I run regularly, weekly,with a group of like minded people through some stunning locations and have maintained a level of fitness. I think right there I have the answer to my running rut – the word maintained. I’ve definitely hit a crossroads in my running. Do I stay on the usual path or take myself on the road less travelled? Today has been the light bulb moment that I’ve been expecting for some time. Why today, who knows?
My love of running came from the initial challenges I set myself. From a post baby body where a mile was a hard slog, to my first 5K with two friends within my village, right through to my marathon and some awesome trail challenges that I’ve been on. All of these segments within my run history have been significant in that they challenged me. I had a training plan, I had a goal, I had a reason to get out there.
Today’s run was hard, I felt unfit and kept thinking “where did my fitness go”. My answer lies in the challenges I haven’t set myself, the events I haven’t trained for and the mundane maintenance I’ve let my body get used to. A very unexpected turn of events for what started out as a normal Tuesday!
Ooooh, I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on!
Sounds odd right? Especially when someone says that to you in a supermarket!
I’ve had this happen a couple of times now, the most recent one being yesterday. The connotations within this statement are obvious, the comment that always follows is; “I mean, I don’t recognise you without your running clothes on!”
Being clad head to toe in synthetic garments made to wick moisture away from my body obviously makes me look different to that of my day to day clothes. Maybe I should take a leaf out of the fashion forward bloggers books and continue the theme through into my daily wear. It would make quick changes from work to play even more simplified. With the compression technology that many active wear brands are using, it also creates a very flattering silhouette. Not to mention how much more comfortable my sports bras are than the under wired contraptions that I wear!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article from Lunges & Lycra about how fashion and fitness are fusing and I will happily admit to being partial to staying in my Pilates get up (Sweaty Betty) after a session just because it is so darn comfortable. I have also looked into how I can re-mortgage the house so that I can purchase Jennifer Lawrence’s training kit in the Hunger Games from Lucas Hugh!! Gorgeous pieces just slightly out of my price range and let’s face it, I would be dodging each muddy trail path if I ended up training in it!! Although I think I may need to add a pop of colour to my run wardrobe after seeing a photo of my festive run today!
Can definitely see me taking some of that gym wear on to the dance floor though! Perfect for those killer disco moves that are so much part of my repertoire! You have been warned 😉