Sunday, September 30, 2012
You know how when you sit in the chair at home and your body just hums because it is ready to get moving? I was ready to get some exercise. I felt like I could run for a long time. I had this picture in my head of my feet flying with ease.
So, Keith and I went to the river for an afternoon run yesterday. Twice around is about 3.4 miles. I felt good starting out. I made it half way around and hit the wind tunnel on the other side. "I can do this" in my head. I turned my music up louder. I made it 3/4 way down the long path aaaaannnnd had to stop to walk.
This wasn't feeling like I had envisioned it would be. I walked the brief distance to the bridge and picked up the pace a bit. I got to the end of my first lap and paused for a quick drink at the bubbler. Still one more lap to go. I wasn't feeling it....grr I just ran a whole 5k a couple weekends ago. I should be able to do this. C'mon Laurie, get those feet moving.
I restarted my timer and moved on. I walked a couple more times on the 2nd lap. I started thinking about the 1/2 marathon I signed up for next September. I felt a moment of panic. If I can't run this whole way, how will I ever keep up with the 1/2?
Ok Laurie, let's think this through. First of all, there was a time when the thought of a 5k terrified me. There was a time when I couldn't even run 1/2 the length of the long path without having to stop. I have come a long way. I know that if it can be thought, it can be done. I have proven this to myself many times.
I have a plan. I just need to stick to it. There will be times when the run is easy and times like to today when it is difficult. In a few months, I will look back on this blog after a difficult run and realize just how far I have come.
That little voice in my head just keeps telling me it can be done. And, it will.