5 years ago, I ran my first official half marathon. My time was 1:57:29.
In preparation for that half, I followed a strict training schedule. I pushed myself to hit specific time targets after each run. On the days, I didn’t achieve what I wanted, I beat myself up about it.
A few months ago, I ran my second official half.
This time, there was no regimented plan. I prepared by running when I wanted to. If I woke up one morning and felt tired, I just didn’t run.
I still tried to get better. But some days my numbers were terrible.
My time for this half was 1:59:32. Two minutes slower than my first one.
A part of me wishes that I was faster than my previous one. But then I realize that’s the whole point.
Nowadays, running feels like play. It feels like an extension of my best self.
That’s all that really matters to me.
I’m trying to cultivate more of this type of being in my life. A way of being that is deeply aligned with my core values. It can be really hard as we often get caught up in our own narratives and what others think. But it’s worth it.
At Kindred Minds, we’re hoping to make this journey just a bit easier. If you’re interested in living a life more aligned with what you really want, and not what others want for you, I invite you to try out a free intro session with us.