I just ran 10 miles. I gotta say, it wasn’t a particularly good run. I went into it thinking, “Oh, only 10 miles No sweat.” I was promptly put in my place. I could tell almost immediately that I didn’t fuel well enough beforehand. My legs felt heavy, I was tired, I couldn’t keep the pace I was supposed to. It was just crum-crum-crummy all around.
I could let this get me down. (“Woe is me! I’m a horrible runner!”) I could take it as an indictment of my running abilities. (“I’ll never be able to PR if I can’t even run 10 miles at that pace!”) But I’m not going to do that. My recent runs have all been pretty kick ass, so I can recognize that I was probably due for a bad one. Plus, I’ve identified what went wrong, and I can correct it before my next run. Knowing those things helps. The other thing that helps is to look for the positive. So here are 5 positive things about today’s run:
1. The weather was nearly ideal.
It was 40-something degrees! Do you know how much I’ve missed temperatures that start with a 4? All that snow we had lingering? Poof! Gone! The warmer temperatures and rain melted it away. Sure, my yard is a total swamp, but my running path is completely clear. If the sun had made an appearance, I would say it was perfect. It’s still pretty gray out there, but with warm temperatures like these, I really can’t complain.
2. I got Geronimo out of the house. There has been more artillery noise than usual as of late, and he has taken up residence in the basement. (I think he feels safer down there.) Getting him to go outside to just go to the bathroom has been a battle. He needed some exercise. It was tough to get him out the door, but it was worth it.
3. I dressed like a crazy person.
Bright colors = happy me. I wore my favorite shorts, my favorite shoes, my favorite pull-over. It even got so warm by the end of the run that I was able to take the pull-over off. Oh, how I’ve missed running in tank tops.
4. I saw a beautiful bird. It had a huge wing span and it just glided through the air like a boat on wave-less water. (A little simile action for ya.) It looked so peaceful. I love the wildlife here.
5. I am able to run.
It wasn’t the run that I was hoping for, but how can I be upset when I’m capable of running for almost 2 hours straight? Every day that I am able to put one foot in front of the other is a day that I should be thankful. And I am.
Tell me something positive going on with you right now!*