It's been 4 days since running the Smith Rock Ascent 50k. And every one of these four days, despite being tired and sore, I've felt so happy! So grateful to have the gift of running. I've always been happy to run but this time feels different. This race wasn't about time or racing others. It was about the EXPERIENCE and meeting myself where I was in each moment of my experience. When I think of these 31 something miles from start to finish, I think how lucky I feel to have a strong body and mind and the privilege it is to GET to be out there running in nature for so many hours....
... Running FREE. No music. Not many people around. Just dirt, endless views, an open blue sky, and myself with a few kind strangers along the way to help me through.
There's something huge to be said about running these trails for so long.... the journey of taking in every mile and staying mindful and present with our steps. Although it leaves you feeling sore, beat up physically and depleted of energy, it sure does fill you up on a mental and spiritual level!!
There have been many times where I've finished long races and sworn I didn't want to do another for a long time. But this time? I can only smile and feel excited for MORE! I like this place. I want to stay here for awhile because it sure is nice to be back. So, for this, I WILL RECOVER WISELY! I will respect this one body I have been gifted!
Thankful for Running and Nature and meeting ourselves where we are in our moments!
|Can't wait to get back here for the best kind of recovery!|
Plan for Recovery and Maintaining Base til July:
- Two weeks of NO Running. If I feel like getting exercise, I will walk, swim, dance, go to yoga, or do any other number of activities that involve getting outside and staying active.
- After two weeks, I will run lightly by feel. I will start fitting in 3-4 days of aerobic type runs that keep me in a good easy zone without any plan other than what my body feels good with.
- Lots of getting outside to enjoy nature during this beautiful time of year... paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, rafting, cycling (if my friend Corie will agree to take me along for one of her recovery rides), maybe some weight lifting for my arms and I just might have to get a mountain bike and get out there on the trails on wheels instead of feet. Really, so so many ways to cross train!
Intentions for these next few weeks:
- Soak up this beautiful spring/early summer weather!
- Seek out the Joy in each day! Not hard to do but does take some reminders on my part to not let little annoyances (like messy rooms, fighting kids, busy schedules, etc.) as a mother cause me to lose sight of the fact that I truly am living the life I've always wanted at this point in life. It's up to me to stop and embrace it while it's HERE!! This is the last year I have where all three of my kids are in ONE school. It's been one of the happiest years I've had yet and so much of that has to do with my outlook and mindset. I'm savoring these days!
- Bring joy to my job as a teacher. Every time I get antsy to go back full time, I remind myself of how much I really do love my schedule right now with working 2-3 days a week and having the other days to focus on other things. It's easy to get caught up in the "what's next?!" and thinking I need to keep climbing some ladder... a ladder that leads to where? For what? I'm happy right in this spot for now and as long as I keep checking in with myself about where I'm at and why I'm making the choices I am, I think I'll continue to be in my just right place for me! A friend said something the other day about "shooting for the moon" and I realized more than ever, that I did shoot for the moon as I encourage my kids to do... we all have different ideas of what our moon is. I've found mine for now. :)
- Tell those in my tribe how much I love them. Goodness knows, we won't like everyone and not every friend is a friend for life, but when we do get to a place in life where we know who our people are... the ones that are there through thick and thin even when you mess up or aren't always your best self... it's a good idea to not take them for granted.
Here's to a Happy Wednesday and a Wise Recovery!