Today is my off day but I ran anyway. Why? I saw a FB post for a Runner’s World Run Streak and decided to join. The challenge is to run at least a mile every day between Memorial Day (May 27) and Independence Day (July 4). You can read about it here: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/runners-world-summer-run-streak-2013
So today was my first day to run on my off day and I must say, it was a struggle. One mile. And it was a struggle.
So I started thinking about all of my runs. I am ALWAYS. ALWAYS. ALWAYS tired and sluggish for the first part of my run. It doesn’t matter how long I’m supposed to run; I always have a hard time for the first 2 to 3 miles. Since my runs of late have been relatively short, this means I am struggling for nearly the entire run. I don’t know what it is – maybe I need extra warm up time. My husband suggested I incorporate some walk time before the run like I do for after the run. I am too impatient for that so I’m not sure I’ll be doing it.
Okay – back to the point. I was wondering if maybe I’m NOT tired and that my mind is just trying to get me to stop. I seem to be held hostage by my mind sometimes. I’ll be thinking “It’s too hot”, “This hill is going to be too hard”, “There’s no way I am going to run without stopping” AND then I stop and walk. But then, I think “Ugh – I’m not tired. Why did I stop?”
Have I just convinced myself of stuff that ISN’T true? I hope so. I would like to keep believing that hard work and training pay off.
As I’m writing this, I think I remember writing about this before. Does that mean I haven’t made any progress in the positive thinking arena or does this mean I’m asking too much of this skin, bone and flesh that I call my body? How does my desire and hope factor into this equation? I guess we’ll find out!