Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Well my Aquarium Run 10K was 4.5.14. I didn't feel good and wondered when I got up if I should run at all. But I did. After 3 miles I had to walk some. I finished my time wasn't what I hoped but I did my first PUBLIC 10K. Then I woke up Sunday with fever and a HORRIBLE cough. I was disappointed and felt like by body betrayed me...which is ridiculous. I ran 6.2 miles and was getting sick what could I possibly be expecting?? I knew I could run a continuous 10K cause I can do it when I am alone.....I talked to a running friend of mine and was told "you will get there" but I find myself impatient. I figured out just last night while doing my speed work that I have not been enjoying the process....I am demanding the results from my body but not enjoying now and getting to my goal.
So last night I was doing 5:5 speed work and I tried to just concentrate on those 5 minutes of hard running. Feeling me consciously breathing, noticing my foot turn over, keeping my shoulders down...and then I hear in my earbuds I've run a mile. I was puzzled because it seemed to fast to be hearing that and did it again on the next 5:5 and the next really trying to be right there not looking to the end and being able to say "I ran X miles today." Before I knew it I had run 5 miles and although tired and COLD (where did spring go??) I really enjoyed it.
I think I learned a valuable lesson last night. I know not to compare myself with anyone else but I learned last night that it is about ME and MY progress not how I measure up against any other person or runner. I ran 5 miles and loved it.