Monday, November 04, 2013
So today was my first day back running since July, before my wedding. I miss my 11-minute miles, I'm telling ya! Matter of fact, I miss being able to make it a mile! As I was running, I was fighting through all the psychology hangups, but then I actually listened to my body. It was telling me plain and clear: If I didn't turn around for the walk back, I wasn't going to make it back! I was seriously pushing the limits of what my body could handle. Firstly, my breathing was poor. I was practically gasping for air, but it felt like I was getting none. A seriously hazardous hang-up that needs serious improvement. Secondly, I kinda forgot what it was like to run in cooler weather. You're breathing needs to be slightly different to accommodate for the cooler air in your lungs. You also have to judge seemingly small things like temperature (which thank God was GREAT) and wind (which wasn't so great). It can really affect how you run. And Lastly, I wasn't listening to my body! Sometimes I get so driven (or hard-headed) that I forget my body has limitations, especially since I've been out of the race for so long. I could've put myself in a bad situation with no way to get home. I also could've injured myself severely, since what alerted me to listen was a small discomforting pain in my foot that shot up to my knee... my bad knee! So, I turned around at the end of the street and walked home. I didn't make it my one-way-mile, but I did make it 1.65 miles round-trip! I have a ways to go to get back where I was, but I'll get there in good time. There's always room for improvement.
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees." ~Hebrews 12:11-12 (NIV)