On running... it's nice not training for anything specific. It seems to take the pressure off of wanting to have every run go perfectly because they aren't all going to be perfect: case in point, my HM in May.
And I'll be honest, that half really hit my self confidence. I pretended that I was OK with the outcome but it still really bothered me to have worked so hard only to have leg cramps hinder me. But that's the thing about running; nothing is ever perfect and for those of us who are perfectionists, that can be difficult.
Perfectionism is something I think about all the time. I want to do everything perfectly. I don't like that about myself and it's a constant struggle for me. So maybe running is a good idea for me because nothing comes easy when you are starting from scratch and nothing is perfect. I don't like that I'm still a slow runner... that's certainly not perfect. But instead of hating that about my athletic self, I'm working on embracing it and using it as a challenge and a way to measure improvements from my hard work.
I'm not good at doing this all the time but it is something I am more mindful of...