I Ran

It happened over the weekend. I did it. I missed it so much. It wasn’t perfect but you know what? I loved every minute of it!


It’s been three weeks since VCM. My foot is feeling much better and all the feelings that I had for that day (anger, frustration, etc) have started to dissipate. I was ready to put my running shoes on again. Even though I’ve been active these last few weeks in other ways, I had not even touched my running shoes. I had to laugh as I dug them out of the closet Saturday morning. The dried mud from race day was still caked on.

Mud from #VCM - happyfitmama.com

I think I was avoiding the shoes just because I didn’t want to deal with the emotions from that day. I wasn’t just pissed at myself. I was pissed off at running.

So how was the run? It was good but it wasn’t fabulous. The first half mile felt awkward and strange like my legs didn’t know what to do. My back was feeling like it was in knots to start with (having a squirmy toddler in bed with you for most of the night will do that) so that wasn’t helping. My brain felt like it was rattling inside my head.

At about the mile mark, I started to find my pace, get comfortable and relax.

I was running for fun. There wasn’t a goal pace. No distance to hit. No training plan to follow.Β  This run was all about why I run — the feelings during and after. It felt SOOOOO good to be running again.

First run post #vcm - happyfitmama.com

My body has felt weighed down and sluggish. My mind has been burdened with thoughts. I’ve been crabby. Running just gets everything moving…I mean EVERYTHING! πŸ˜‰ Physically. Mentally. With every step things got lighter, my mind clearer and mood brighter.

In spite of myself, I have been thinking about my next marathon.

”You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” I may not be there entirely but thoughts of races are popping up in the back of my mind. Hmmmm…what’s next for me??

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34 comments on “I Ran

  1. So glad you have gotten back out there. You’ll soon forget the bad parts and really start looking forward to that next one. πŸ™‚
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  2. So glad you got back out there! I know what you mean about feeling sluggish, both physically and mentally without running. And it’s so funny to be that marathons are so addictive… I was determined I would only do one, and it’s so crazy to think I’ll soon start training for #3 and hope to run #4 in the spring… then maybe I’ll be done? πŸ™‚
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  3. Running is so many things. I’m glad you got back to it.

    I know it’s been said, but in many ways a bad marathon is like childbirth. Eventually you will forget the pain, be proud of the experience, and want to do it again. Only better (I don’t know if that part is like childbirth, but it is definitely true about the marathon).
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    1. It’s so true! All the horrible parts of the marathon that I thought I would never forget have started to fade away. Now they don’t seem as bad. Exactly like pregnancy and childbirth! πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on getting out there! Some time off was probably good, and learning the value of running just to run is never a bad thing. You’ll figure out what’s next when the time is right, it will come to you and you will just know! You don’t need to force it by looking up races and such…I have learned that some of the best races are the ones I knew I HAD to run and not the ones I sought out.
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  5. Yay for running again, you’ll be back to speedy in no time!

    PS – I could relate to almost everything you said in this post, as I ran a bit yesterday too! I’m testing out my ITB slowly…!
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  6. Nice work on getting back out there! It’s only a matter of time before your next one!

  7. Those first creaky miles after a marathon are so awkward, but so freeing like you described. I love the way running is that place, like you said that just helps clear the mind.
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