On the “off” season, my “long” runs aren’t very long. After research and soul searching, I realized that it’s okay to take a bit of a break during the winter as it’s the off season and there are very few races out there in the colder regions. Being a native Mainer, the winter weather in Tennessee is quite mild, but it’s not exactly warm. There are some frigid days to contend with.
On this day I was actually able to go outside and enjoy some much needed sun. Today’s run was 7 miles at a very easy pace. It was such a nice change from the gym.
As I was running, I kept catching myself going a little too fast and made I myself slow down. I knew that if I didn’t, I was headed for a need to walk. My goal was not to go fast. My goal was to finish my run.
I always remind myself of the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race. In this case, slow and steady made it possible for me to complete 7 miles without stopping.
I am not in this whole running thing to keep my head down and race as fast as I can. I want to enjoy the experience. I want to feel the sun on my face and see the other people on the trail giving me a smile as encouragement. I want to hear the birds and possibly see them as well. I don’t want to miss the many joys of being outside in nature.
The off season is a perfect time to slow down and enjoy the scenery.
I am so thankful for the few sunny days that this time of year has to offer. I don’t want to miss a thing.
Hope to see you on the trail!
On those frigid days, I tend to look outside and think, “no way”. I usually end up going to the gym or doing