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Lora Hogan > Yoga  > It’s okay to go slow

It’s okay to go slow

So I went for my first post-asthma attack/allergic reaction real run this weekend.

I was feeling optimistic. After all, my last run pre-illness included this sighting:

dolphin-tampa

Yep, a dolphin swam alongside me for a mile. It was so fun! (Dolphins also swim fast and love to play.) It also created an enormous amount of enthusiasm for running outside along the water while I can.

Needless to say, I was feeling anxious and ready to get back on the pavement!

And then.

I started to run.

And I could feel it was oh so slow.

First a pair of men passed me.

I was okay with that, they looked to be doing around 7 minute miles.

Then a man with a stroller passed me. Okay, I thought, maybe I’m going a little slower than normal.

Then, a pair of teenage girls passed me.

And then there were more!

It was so humbling.

I usually run between an 8 to 9:30 minute mile, depending on the distance involved. When I got home I realized my run ended up being around 10:30 to the 11:00 minute mark.

And that was A-OK.

I was happy to be out, to be able to breathe. It was my first run after being VERY unhealthy. I needed to take pause and be okay with where I was and how I was feeling–which was finally better–instead of letting my ego get in the way.

It’s so easy for us to get caught up our heads, in what we want to happen, and what has happened in the past. Going slower wasn’t failure, it was actually a victory. A victory that I was able to get out there and run and feel good. A victory that I could inhale and exhale safely. Instead of getting discouraged, I should have rejoiced.

And so I did.

I let go the ego. I let go the wants and the have beens. I let in the now and accepted exactly where I was. With Joy.

And I’m grateful to be back in my running shoes….And my speed will return in time.

Do you have trouble accepting where you are? How do you let go of the ego and let in the good stuff about every situation?

Comments:

  • Haley

    May 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I struggled deeply after my postpartum return to running. I had lost so much cardio in just a couple months, so I had to start really slow when I first laced up. I barely made it a mile before I had to break to walk. Even now, I’m not back where I was pre pregnancy, but I have to listen to my body even more while I’m still breastfeeding and vulnerable to injuries. It’s humbling.
    Your speed will return to you as well.

  • Nichole

    May 5, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Um…I “run” a 15 minute mile, lol. But at one point I was at 17 minutes! But you’re right – just being in the fresh air and knowing you can DO IT when others can’t is enough 🙂

  • Lauren Gay

    May 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Kudos to you for getting back out there. I suffer from allergy induced asthma year round. It is limiting and it sucks. I just do what I can do and listen to my body. Your mile time is still better than the average bum like me 🙂

  • Run DMT

    May 5, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Weren’t we JUST talking about this??!! I have had to slow my pace WAY down and yes, it is very humbling. BUT the upside, I haven’t had an asthma attack, a severe allergy attack or some type of respiratory infection this year at all, which is a first for me! If we move for our health and simply to live a healthy life, then the real point is moving, not how fast we go.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    May 5, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    It’s so hard to ease back into running after a little time off. But the body doesn’t forget…

  • Kristen

    May 6, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Awesome job! That’s my usual pace for now FYI – but I was reading old blog posts from before my big move to Alaska (which was really hard on me mentally and physically, and took me a while to get back into running again) and I was running sub-10 minute miles regularly and it made me so sad because I’m nowhere near that now! It’s hard to not compare ourselves to our faster selves, but we’ll both get there again soon! PS I’m so jealous of your dolphin running buddy! When I lived in Seward last summer I would sometimes get to run next to sea otters and I loved it!