About a month ago, I talked to you about stripping my running down to "bare wood". It was time to return to the basics. No Garmin, no worrying about time/pace.
At first, it was easier said than done. I was stressing out about my times, and more importantly, just didn't want to get out. On the day of IM Boulder, both T and I had a rough run and decided to forgo our bike ride for the day. We had a Come to Jesus moment that morning, and I decided to do something that I hadn't thought about doing. I put on my old Mizunos that I have as a backup pair, and wore those to volunteering. I decided that as of that day, I would wear those for running until I found a new pair of shoes to run in.
Every time I put on these Mizuno Wave Rider 16's, it's like putting on an old robe, or a really comfortable pair of slippers. Wave Rider 16's propelled me to my Ironman finish. I had two other pairs of 16's, and both were retired with dignity. These current Mizuno's that I have are helping me discover my love of running.
I might be running slow right now, but I am regaining distance that I have forgone for months. I'm running every other day consistently. I'm building and it feels good. I'm encouraged. And optimistic.
Stripping it down to "bare wood" was the best thing I could have done.