Heck, I love running.
I LURVE IT!
I am a RUNNER not a triathlete, I told myself in the beginning. I figured that I would always be a runner who just does triathlons. Not soon after I started in on my tri adventures, I ditched running and fell in love with swimming and cycling. AH! Freedom! So much to do! I will never get bored!
Yeah. Until burn out happens.
I had not run (for teh sake of running) in so long I forgot that I liked it. I paced a half marathon, ran a marathon, the Goofy Challenge and an Ironman in 2011-2012 and hated running. At the end of my bike leg at Ironman Florida I asked if I could go back out and do it again. I wasn't really kidding.
I am not a runner, I am a TRIATHLETE. I must run to finish line, or be an aquacyclist. And I would be just fine with that honestly.
Only now, after a good break from the act of running with purpose, I have grown to love it again. I realize that now I am running from a happy place, a place of contentment, not one of obligation. It is no longer the bane of my existance. Whew. The next few years would SUCK if I did not find my run mojo again.
So now I am going to be focusing on my running for the next few months, to really break myself of my preconcieved notions of running and build a stronger me.
I mean afterall at one time I was RunnerGirl.
RunnerGirl - Same great triathlete taste, now with 300% more run, and 50% less complaining!