Last month, I began to really think about the aging process and wonder if this is as good as I'm ever going to be when it comes to running. When I hit what could officially be called my mid-forties a few years ago, I felt a shift in my body. "Getting back into shape" is no longer what it used to be. I can't take a week off from running and bounce back like I could many years ago.
I've never been a talented runner. Rich uses that word - talent - when we talk about those who can run incredibly fast. Faster than we'll ever run. If I think back to the time before social media, before blogs and blog snark forums, before half the adult population became runners and/or experts on running, I never, ever felt bad about my running ability. I ran because I enjoyed it, it's an incredible stress-reducer and a great way to stay in shape.
The attitude now is if you can't run a 7 something minute mile or faster, than what's the point. You're too slow. And 90% of this is coming from the internet.
It's so easy to feel bad about yourself.
I've been hyper-focused on my running times this year and I've gotten away from what I enjoy about running. Mid-forties is not the time to try to become a faster runner. Maybe if you have that talent I referred to above, but I do not. I feel like I haven't been running as many miles because I've been focused on time and improving that time.
So I'm stepping back, as I feel I have to do every once in a while, and doing what works best for me.
June, again, was not a good month for mileage. I had that cold/cough thing for a week or so and lost many days of running. What's not noted below are all the miles that I walked. I love the warm summer months and on the days I don't run, I sometimes go out for a walk. Or I'll add a walk onto the end of my run. There was one day I ran 3 miles, walked 3 miles and then had tap class.
Total mileage for the month - 37 miles
Subtotal for 2018 - 245 miles
6/01 - 3 miles (time 32:16) + tap class
6/03 - 5 miles
6/08 - Tap class
6/09 - 2 miles (time 20:50)
6/11 - 3 miles
6/13 - 3 miles
6/17 - 3 miles
6/19 - 4 miles
6/21 - 2 miles (time 18:22)
6/24 - 5 miles
6/26 - 3 miles
6/29 - 4 miles
To see my recap from May, click here.