I’m going to cover a couple different topics in this post- my identity as a runner, short-fast runs vs. long-slow runs, and being a bad ass just to be a bad ass.
All of these topics have been floating around my head because of my BIG IDEA for my long run this weekend.
Today, I’m going up to my hometown of Millersburg to take my grandma to lunch. Since I love running the back roads of my hometown, I figured I’d do a long run while I was there. I started thinking about my favorite routes, and it just so happens, one of the most BAD ASS routes I run is up in Millersburg.
I start from my parent’s house and run to the base of Berry Mountain. I run up the mountain and back down the other side into Halifax. Then I run along the mountain for a couple miles, back up and down the mountain (via a different dirt road), and into Millersburg I end at my parent’s house. The entire route is a little over 11 miles but it is very challenging.
There are a couple reasons I want to do this run.
First, it’s the bad ass nature of it. Running up and down a mountain not once but twice makes me feel like I can conquer anything.
Second, I want to get back into running actual long runs, not “longish” runs, like I have been doing. I had to prioritize the short-fast runs for my 10k training. It will be nice to change things up and do some long-slow running just for the pure enjoyment.
Third, I miss the part of my runner identity that could just pull long, hilly runs out of my ass whenever I wanted to because I was always trained for them. If my memory serves me correctly, the longest run I did since Boston was an 18 miler at the beginning of June and an 11 miler this past weekend. All of my other runs were “longish”- as in, 8-10 flat miles. I miss the part of me that could run for hours.
It may be stupid of me to think I can do this challenging run when I haven’t trained on hills for months (besides my hill repeats last weekend, but that 40 minute workout doesn’t make me ready!), but I am going for it anyway! What’s the worst that will happen? I have to walk some hills and feel like a loser?
Do you have a route you run that is really bad ass?
Is there something you feel like if you can't do it, you're missing part of your runner identity?