Some runs are like hills, you have up runs and you have down runs. Yesterday was a bit of both. During my run, I thought, “what have I done”, “this is the worst run ever”, “what was I thinking running on my day off yesterday?”. You know… the thoughts that go through your head as you are just trying to get your next breath.
Drama aside, it was a difficult run. Since I like to analyze my runs, I would say it was from several factors:
- I ran on my day off. Not only ran, but ran a hilly neighborhood.
- I eat more than usual at lunch. I got to catch up with a good friend, but also eat more than I should have.
- It was 82 degrees outside (27.7 celsius). The hottest day in 6 months.
- I ran a new type of run. I ran half mile repeats with 1 minute recovery in between.
Okay, it wasn’t fun. I’ve established that. I learn from my mistakes. The good news is that I ran 5 miles in 7:57, but the bad news is I wanted to run 7 miles. I figured I should cut it short when I started noticing tingling in my hands and fingers. I figured that was a pretty strong clue that I needed to stop my run early.
I was encouraged by the pace of my half mile intervals though.
So, I did run pretty well. It was tough though. I mean REALLY tough. So tough that I wondered why I do this to myself. In the end, it will pay dividends. To be honest, if I run my 5K in May at a 20 minute pace I’ll be grateful. If I qualify for Boston in September, I’ll be beyond grateful. We aren’t guaranteed anything in this life and I am honestly grateful to just be able to run. Many people would like to and can’t for some reason or another. I am a 50 year old man who 2 years ago weighed 278 lbs and couldn’t run 1/4 mile and now I hope to run a 5K in 20 minutes. I love that about running. It is what you make it. It is up to you and the grace of God as to where you go and how far you take it.
Okay. That is enough for today. As I stated in the beginning, running is like a hill day. Ups and downs. The nice thing is that even when you are going up the biggest hill, you know that there is a down hill on the other side.