Maybe it's my nutrition or the weather or my body just asking for a bit more of a break. Whatever the reason, yesterday I actually stopped mid-run for a moment, shuck my head and said (to myself) "I've had quite a few junk miles lately."
Junk miles?! Now I know right off the bat people will say "THERE ARE NO SUCH THING AS JUNK MILES. A MILE IS A MILE NO MATTER WHAT!" and they are totally right! I am not necessarily meaning the miles are trash, but just that they seem fairly monotonous. Since Fontana I haven't
|A little blurb from Competitor.com on the phrase 'junk miles'|
And while I'm keeping it real, these miles have felt harder than they "should" at the pace I have been running. (I haven't been posting many Garmin shots these past few days on my IG account because I have been frustrated with the pace my legs have been taking me. Yesterday I even went out for a progression run and when mile 4 was slower than my first mile I decided to throw that workout in the wind and just finish the mileage.)
Since I have yet to put a goal full marathon on my calendar (and the halves and other races currently on the schedule aren't "goal" races), maybe I will take a little break. Ah, let's be real, I
I didn't start running because I wanted to hit a certain time or run a specific distance... I need to get back to the joy of running to run. (I don't think I've necessarily lost that lovin' feelin', but when I finish a run and am bummed with the results I know it's time to do something different!) I want to get back to the days when I would finish a run and have a giant smile on my face - no matter what pace I run! No more junk miles... only HAPPY miles from here on out!
How do you make sure your miles are happy ones?