For the first time in over a week, I made it out for a run on the Boulevard. Last week, I was still recovering from Boldrdash and only made it two miles. Every step strained my hamstrings. But I was there and committed to two miles.
Because my Mindfulness class talks a lot about perspective and active seeing, I intentionally chose to find twice as many positives as negatives.
Six Reasons it Was Great:
- The weather was perfect! It wasn’t too warm or cool. It was cloudy enough that I didn’t need my sunglasses.
- It is a beautiful time of year! We’re at the sweet spot of New England between summer and fall. Flowers are still blooming, but the leaves are starting to change color.
- I met my preset goal. I wanted to pace in the 12’s. 12:59 pace is in the 12’s!
- I felt so much better after! Yesterday’s session gave me much-needed time to think and clear my head.
- Three miles no longer feels like a daunting task. I can do it pretty easily. There were a few times that my legs tired, but I easily convinced myself that I could keep going.
- I am able to run. This may seem overly simple, but too many people are physically unable to run or walk for various reasons. I am thankful that my body is healthy enough to allow me to run and workout.
Three Reasons is Was Terrible
- Allergies. This is a big one. Most of my adult life consists of a vicious cycle of me taking allergy meds until they work, assuming I no longer need them and not taking them, then suffering a few days later. My eyes may have loved the summer/fall beauty, but my sinuses were not impressed.
- I’m still not as fast as I’d like to be. I made a lot of progress early on. I’m not sure why I’m not getting any faster. I think it may be a mental block; I slow down too quickly. I need to find an app to track intervals that is also Spotify friendly.
- I still can’t make it much further than three miles. When I start BRG, the goal was to run a 5K. I’ve done that many times now. At the beginning of each run, I make myself promise to get over the three-mile hump, then stop when I reach that distance. I have a four-mile race coming up; I want to run that distance a few times before doing it in a crowd.