I’ve been thinking about pacing lately:
I’m not a fast runner,
maybe that’s an understatement: I’m rather slow.
I could say I’d rather focus on distance than on speed, but that’s not it.
It seems like I wasn’t born to run, some would say:
I’m tiny and I have short legs
God knows my knees have been telling me for ages that I’m not born to run 😉
I have to be careful so I don’t get shin splints, cause my shins are quite sensitive I have to ice my knees every time I finish a run, or they’ll be killing me the next day and as I’m running further and further I’m experiencing muscle soreness in my right thigh.
Maybe my body is trying to tell me (just like some people) that I’m not born to run…
But that’s downright bullshit (pardon my French ;)) !!
and I know it
I can feel it in my core, I am born to run:
I love the feeling of just moving and accomplishing things
I love the air rushing past my head
I love the feeling of being alone with my thoughts
I love the places running takes me and the beautiful things I’ve seen
I love stretching and showering after the run
I love bonding with my sister on our weekend runs
I love passing nice people who want to chat with you
But most of all, I love how running makes me feel: it makes me feel strong, it makes my feel worthy, it makes my respect my body and it’s capacities
Running helped me break out from my restrictive eating habits
Running helped me built up self-esteem
Running still makes me feel good about myself every single time
So I won’t let anyone tell me I wasn’t born to run,
not even my knees!
(sorry knees, I promise to take good care of you, take it easy, ice and massage you guys, but you just can’t ask me to stop al together ;)).
And about the pacing: I could say I couldn’t care less but that would be a blunt lie, cause I want to get better and faster, but I also know that that isn’t what’s most important and everyone has his/her own capacities, you just have to learn to make the best of it with what you have right?
And maybe I am meant for distance and not for speed (kidding, just kidding 😉 )