Lazy Bones Running asks "What are your running strengths?" I like this question because I've been feeling down and unmotivated lately. I figured that answering it would make me feel a little more positive. So, here are my thoughts:
Even if I don't want to, I get out there. It's rare for me to have a big gap in my running, unless I am on vacation or sick. After I ran the Disney Marathon in 2007, I took several months off of running and didn't start running again until May. This was a BAD decision, and I paid for it with a horrible, awful season where I started basically back from square one. A year later, I made a promise that I wouldn't do that again and I've maintained a base of at least 10 miles ever since (2 1/2 years now).
I am also out regardless of the weather. I own a treadmill, so I take it inside if need be. Excuses do not usually keep me from running. I've run on the treadmill for as long as 13 miles at a time. I've done training runs at weird hours and in weird places, so that I can get them in. I found places to run when blizzards blocked my normal trail. I have woken up as early as 3:00am to beat the heat, and I've done long runs in when temperatures dipped into the teens. I've run in snowy weather, I've run in nor'easters. During this past winter, a group of us once slid under a fence in order to get into a gated community to run. We get out there, regardless.
Relatively speaking, anyways. I'm not out there running ultras (and I doubt that I ever will), but I run a lot of miles for training and I don't really mind doing it. For example, even though I'm only running a half marathon this fall, my longest training run was 16 miles. I know I can get through that 13.1 miles, and my endurance is pushed far past what it needs to be. I keep telling my running group, "We might be slow, but we sure can run a lot of miles!"
Which is apparently really a word (I looked it up!). I don't try to kill myself out there. I don't do tons of races, and I keep my long runs slow. I do train for speed on shorter runs, but I don't do anything that would risk injury. Even though I get out there regardless of weather or other excuses, I don't run if I think it will cause injury. I don't take risks, because I want to keep running for the rest of my life.
What about you? What are your running strengths?