A few days ago I was talking to a friend about how running can be an addiction. I was telling him how even though I get some aches and pains and I know that running can be hard on your body over time, it’s something that I plan on doing for the rest of my life (unless extreme circumstances come up). I was looking forward to this past weekend’s marathon for a while. Even though I hadn’t put in the training, I wanted to challenge myself. I knew that the last 7-8 miles would be tough and I was looking forward to overcoming the mental challenge and pushing myself to the limits.
Why would I look forward to something like that? The challenge is addicting. I’ve always been the kind of person who wants to test my body. Marathons are an ultimate challenge for me and satisfy my craving to work hard and improve myself. Having measurable results allows me to compare my runs to previous races and see that my hard work is paying off.
I keep a written log of all my races, running and triathlons, with notes about distance, pace, start time, etc., so I can easily compare my improvement over time. Writing it all down allows me to reflect on where I am now compared to where I was when I first started doing distances over three miles. It’s especially fun comparing my old race times on the same courses to more recent times (like Broad Street Run).
Anyway, I've definitely noticed my draw towards running more in the past few weeks than I've noticed in a while. Even though my mileage has been lower than usual marathon training, I was still running 4-5 times per week, and it's driving me nuts not being able to run much right now. Consistency is key!
I’ve featured a few customers on my Instagram who purchased Run Life Co. shirts, but I have to give a special shoutout to my cousin, Melissa. She’s a two-time Ironman finisher and has been an inspiration to me ever since she signed up for her first Ironman years ago. Now she does Crossfit at her local gym and stays in awesome shape. The fact that she loves her Run Life Co. shirt makes me so happy and makes me feel like I’m on the right track with the clothing line.