Good morning! I hope your week is looking super so far!
…and speaking of ‘super’…
I’m not going to lie and say that my workouts have been extra super around here lately. Lee and I are still ‘training’ for the half that we are running in just over a month but I have to admit that Lee has been running circles around me. You all know how I am with training plans and how I have a really hard time sticking to them. When it comes down to long runs, I’m good…it’s those little runs during the week that always get pushed to the side for me. Ugh. I wish I was better at them because, when I actually do them, I feel awesome! Like this morning!
I set my alarm for 7:00 and planned to get four or five miles under my belt. Well, my alarm did go off at 7:00, but I have to be honest and say that I didn’t roll out of bed until 7:45. It was chilly and it just felt too good under my blankets. However, the sun was shining and I knew it was shaping up to be a gorgeous morning and I wanted to take full advantage of that. I put my running clothes on (which were already out), took the dogs out, and then got myself together for my miles. I don’t know what the temperature was when I started but I knew I needed long sleeves and gloves! Cool running season has arrived!
Does it take anyone else five hours (or what seems like) to get ready to run? I have to set my mileage on my Nike+ app, get my music ready, pack away my house key, make sure my armband is good, wrap my earphones so they don’t drive me crazy, etc…I feel like it takes me an hour to get out the door!
Thankfully, I was eventually all ready and I actually made it to my driveway to start. I usually always struggle my first mile but, today, I felt good…probably because I haven’t been on a morning run in forever and I was enjoying every second! I set my distance for five miles and had a rough idea of where I wanted to go…my 1.5 mile loop X 2 plus a run through the cemetery by my house (not creepy; peaceful). As I crested over my three-mile mark, I started doing the big wheel and deal with myself that I often do…
“Maybe I’ll just do 4 today.”
“If I quit at 4, I’ll come home tonight and do some extra cardio.”
“I haven’t run a couple of weeks, so 4 miles is totally fine.”
Ugh! I hate when I do that! So…this morning, I didn’t let myself give in and as I hit my fourth mile, I sped up and thought about how much better I would feel if I just kept going to reach my original plan of five. When it was all over? I was sooo glad I stuck with it. I mean, what’s an extra mile? Piece of cake!
As I was running, I was thinking about how great my run felt and how happy I was to be out again. Even though I only took break of a few days, it really does make me miss it! I also realized that most of the time when I blog about my runs, I am saying how amazing and how great I felt!…except for a few weeks ago when I ran two miles with Lee and I felt like it was fifty and struggled the whole way! However, with the exception of that terrible run, I always feel so good which gives me the crazy idea that I might be a full-fledged runner? How have I come to love my runs instead of dreading them? How have I come to feeling excited to lace up my shoes?
I have no idea how it happened but I know that I am loving every minute of it.
Happy Tuesday, friends!
With my Love and Laughter,
Something to share: When is the last time you had an amazing run? Do you find it difficult to get back into workouts if you’ve taken off for any amount of time?