Don't be dismayed; the title of this post does not mean my running has stop. Quite the opposite in fact. This weekend, I bumped myself up to week 2 of the "Learn to Run" program I'm following which includes 10 intervals of running 1 minute/walking 1 minute. After completing the first try at it, I wonder why I waited.
I wanted to make sure both my body and my brain were ready to go to the next level. My brain's been eager to advance for the past week but I doubted my body was up to the challenge. When I finally bit the bullet this morning, I went back to a slower pace and didn't force myself to go any faster. This time both my legs and my brain wanted me to push myself and run faster but I held back, not knowing how I'd manage those extra three minutes of running. Slow and steady are words I'm going to have to tape to the top of my treadmill display in order to remind myself. Its slowly becoming my mantra.
|One happy RUNNER!|
By the halfway point of my run today, I knew without a doubt that I was going to finish today's run with a smile on my face. It felt sooooo good. How can I describe it? I have no idea other than I had an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when I was done. Sure, I was sweatier and my legs were more tired than after the easier runs (naturally), I felt energized and alive. Even as I write that, it seems a tad bit over-dramatic but its true. And yes, I was still smiling at the end.