Yesterday morning my alarm clock went off at 5:30am. I turned it straight off. Nope, not going to run. Maybe I can run later today. Maybe I should just have a rest day today, and move my run to tomorrow. But then I thought how good I would feel if I completed a run. I thought about having time in the evening and not worrying when I would fit in my run. I thought that I could actually wash my hair, and it could be clean for two whole days.
So, I got up, laced up my shoes, and went out.
While I was running my warm up mile I felt tired. My body was waking up. It was my 6 day of running in a row – something I have not done in a while. I thought about not completing my workout – 6 x 800m. But then I decided to try.
My first 800m felt tough. I was still waking up. I was thinking of turning around and doing 2 x 800m, then I decided that it wouldn’t be too bad to just have the 800m repeats at anything faster than my easy pace. I’ll slowly try to build up my speed again. I did the second repeat. I thought about turning around after this one, but then decided to keep trying – it was only one more repeat until I turn around. I had to keep pushing. The worst case scenario? That I’d do an easy run back home.
But I kept going. I kept pushing myself. I tried to just run comfortably, and not push myself too crazy. (Though, don’t get me wrong, it was still tough and I was pushing myself more than in a tempo run).
When I finished with the last repeat I was so happy. I had done what I didn’t think I was able to do. My mind was playing so many games, but I managed to shut it up and get the work done.
When I got back home I looked at my splits on Garmin Connect. I am so happy with them!
Yes, my first one is slower than I would have liked, but I got faster with every one! I started slow, but finished strong. I didn’t stop at all. I kept pushing. Now I just need to harness this feeling so I get out there for every run.