Saturday, September 25, 2010
Two running goals I set for myself are to run outside once a month, starting in September and to complete C25K by the end of September. All morning I had a little talk with myself about running today. It was a pep talk about running outside AND completing W9D2 of C25K. My talk lasted for about 90 minutes. See, even though I have a big personality and don't mind attention from outside sources I hate being seen. It's hard to explain but sometimes it can choke me. So running outside is really a mental challenge for me. Yeah, crazy but in my mind all I can hear is, "if you run outside people will see you!" (sigh)
After dropping Mr off at work I drove over to a lovely trail to run .... outside. The day is full sunshine and promise so I was going to go for it. Mentally I just had to shut it off and get on the trail. I noted how many cars where in the parking lot and the busy road within view of the trail ... I had to quiet the whisper (they can see you) and just get moving.
I started running and within 60 seconds my breathing was like jagged glass and my lungs were on fire. WHAT?! I needed to calm my happy butt down or I was not going to make it. I finally found a pace and just kept pushing. The whisper came and went as the run progressed. Others on the trail acknowledged me with huge smiles and hello's which I returned.
With the sun baring down on me, my breathing labored, a pain in my left side I kept running. My path circled around to where the car sat so I could see my "finish line." That last bit was brutal! BRUTAL! I was in near tears when I reached the car. I was hot, sweaty, near to vomiting, in need of water and couldn't even walk to cool off. I grabbed for my iPod to check my time. My plan was to run for 30 minutes, that would allow me to mark off D2 of W9. I missed it the mark. I ran outside but I did not run for 30 minutes which means I can't mark off D2. I was disappointed until I did the math while driving home.
I started my run at 11:05 and ended it at 11:29 which means I ran for 24 minutes.
I ran 2.3 miles in 24 minutes - a personal best! Disappointment be gone!! YEAH!
Tomorrow I try again. Yeah, that's right I'm running it again tomorrow. I want to see what I can do!