I have great news! I went for a 6 mile run yesterday and I actually did really well! Only stopped once or twice to snap a few pictures, I couldn’t pass up the photo op with how gorgeous the trail and the weather was yesterday. Our whole family went; Derek, Kaienna, and Keyda. Derek took Kai and Keyda on a scavenger hunt on the trail, looking for squirrels, flowers, birds, frogs, etc.
I put on some ‘Justice’ radio on Pandora and booked it for 6 miles. The trail was perfect! There was enough shade from the trees, plenty of sun, and breezes to cool off. The trail was dirt and bark, but in a few spots there were wooden bridges. The soft trail felt really good on my joints. My ankles have a tendency to feel stiff if I try picking running back up after a looooong time of NOT running.
Last time I had ran was during competition prep, but I wouldn’t really consider running on the ‘dreadmill’ for 20-30 minutes at a time running. Outdoor running is REAL running in my opinion. Getting in touch with nature, breathing in fresh air, clearing your mind, and just GOING is what I consider real running. I absolute HATE being cooped up in the gym running on the dreadmill staring at the person in front of me breathing in stale gym air listening to the dull pounding of cardio equipment. As much as I love Seattle’s gray gloomy weather, the only reason I wish it would be sunnier more often is so I can run outdoors.
Obviously I’m really excited about marathon training! I will officially begin my marathon training June 1st, that will give me 12 weeks until my race in August. Honestly, everything about running puts me in a stellar mood, I really can’t believe that so many people who lift and prep for bodybuilding competitions HATE it so much! I was probably the only person out of the people I had met at Emerald Cup that was like, “Hell yeah! Running! I love that shit!”
As much as I loved being in control and sculpting my own physique while training for Emerald Cup, aesthetics just aren’t that important to me. Don’t get me wrong, I care about how I look, but there are more important things in life like spending adequate time with my friends and family, and not to mention my MENTAL health. Running provides both mental and physical benefits for me, not to mention I can eat whatever I please to my hearts content, and I can enjoy the great outdoors.
I’m glad I have the knowledge gained from competition prep, and that I have the willpower to do something so incredibly challenging that most people CAN’T do. I can do anything if I put my mind and heart into it. If I want to be shredded, I know what it takes to be shredded. If I want ridiculously buff arms, I know what to do to get buff arms. If I want 9% body fat, I know how to eat and train to achieve 9% body fat.
I have the knowledge and I have the willpower.
I’m going to take the willpower and put it towards new goals.