Thursday, April 11, 2013
While not a mentally inspiring day - chilly, gray, overcast - today was actually an invigorating day for a run. Cool to start with, it was further improved for running by no sun to heat one up on the go, with just a slight touch of some wind but not a debilitating amount.
As usual, I started out with my customary promised "Whatever I can do, even if that means walking." But I had on the racing flats, tshirt, and shorts; and I had "tempo run" in the back of my mind. Warm up went okay, so I decided to go for the "just a mile if I don't feel like more," which turned into "15 minutes, okay, 20, okay, a full 5K."
As earlier in the week, hard running just feels better in some ways (not the breathing :)) and leads into a cycle of increased inspiration and energy. I ended the 5K in 29:15, walked a bit, ran another 3/4 mile, and called it a day. It's not where I was, but it is where I am, and I'm pretty happy with where I am has turned out to be. It's certainly an acceptable starting point to return to where I was.
That's likewise true of the weight as it inches downward - and I know that as I master the rest (healthier eating choices, consistent workout plans), that trend will only continue.
I guess it was a mentally inspiring day after all - and grey days do have a beauty all their own.