Marathon training schedule for today is 9 miles of easy run. A perfect day for me to try run-free, a suggestion I received from “granolagirlteacher” about how to re-discover the joy of running.
I am training for the Wineglass Marathon in October. The training schedule is 20 weeks with built-in progressive workouts that lead all the way to the marathon at the end of the 20 weeks.
Needless to say, the training is not a walk-in-the-park. No marathon training is. There are pressure to keep up with the training schedule, monitoring progress against that schedule, adjustments, etc.
I ran today’s 9 miles without my watch as suggested. And what a difference did that make:
- first of all, psychological pressure to monitoring my pace was gone; in its place a feeling of unconstrained running
- landmarks and milestones along the route lost their importance, I ran pass them without much fanfares
- my attention was focused more on my running mechanic, through my five senses (not so much in taste)
- my breathing was smooth and more in sync with my strides
Don’t get me wrong, the effect from yesterday’s hill repeats was there in my legs, and 9 miles is still 9 miles. But the quality of my run was better. I appreciated the cool breeze in the morning along with the refreshing morning showers and the gentle rolling terrains. The run-free made the 9 miles run easier.
It is a wonderful way of getting back in touch with the joy of running and offsetting the pressure of marathon training. For sure, I will be doing more run-free in the coming weeks.