I have been traveling a lot lately, and Philadelphia has been rainy. This has been a problem because I need to do another long run or two before my scheduled half-marathon in mid-June. I looked at my schedule for today, while I have been in New York, and I realized I had an open slot in the afternoon. I could go to Central Park and run.
It was a beautiful day, and so I did. But I quickly realized it was not going to be a focused long run. First, I had to get to Central Park from mid-town, so I was dodging crowds on the sidewalk. Then in the park, there was still a lot of weaving around people, and unlike on weekends, there were still cars on the main route around the park. So eventually, I decided that I was just going to need to relax and enjoy running in a beautiful place on a nice day. I stopped and took pictures. I wove around wherever seemed relatively open.
I go back and forth on running. I love running, but of course part of loving running is that I don’t want it to be unpleasant. Sometimes training is unpleasant. This winter I decided to accept some unpleasantness and do intense speed work on the treadmill. I did indeed get faster. But it wasn’t fun, and as soon as I could be back outside, and not caring about my pace, that’s what I did. I know this is a trade-off, as I could definitely be faster than I am. But I also want to stick with running long term, and sometimes that means accepting that I am running for pleasure, and not to train.
Are you in the pleasure or the training camp?