I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around double digit mid-week runs. So, when I was faced with 10 miles today, I’ll admit I wasn’t overjoyed.
The weather was totally gorgeous though-- almost 70 degrees and not a cloud to be seen. The nice weather helped me to have a better attitude about things but my tight ankles and IT band were still nagging at me.
All of the sudden (about 2 miles in) Hello World came on my iPod and I really started listening to the words. It just kind of hit me. I was taken back to this summer when I was lying in bed with 3 pins in my arm doing nothing but watching trashy TV and waiting for my arm to heal.
I wanted nothing more than to be able to run or do anything active for that matter. So here I was in the midst of a beautiful day focusing on the “suffering” of a 2 hour run. Listening to these words--
I remember why I am here
to surrender and believe
I fall down on my knees
oh hello world, hello world, hello world
I finally surrendered to “the run” and really started to enjoy THE DAY. I swear as I crested the top of a hill I was soaking in the sun as it warmed my body and actually felt that comfortable feeling you get when the sun comes out from behind a cloud when you’re lying on a lounge chair. All the sudden I wasn’t running, I was soaking in all the day-- this beautiful day-- had to offer.
- Mile 1: 11:13
- Mile 2: 11:00
- Mile 3: 11:10
- Mile 4: 11:07
- Mile 5: 10:51
- Mile 6: 11:08
- Mile 7: 11:13
- Mile 8: 11:22
- Mile 9: 10:55
- Mile 10: 10:39
Once I surrendered to the day and the run my attitude changed. I actually enjoyed my run even if it was double digits on a Thursday. I was running at a comfortable pace, a pace I felt like I could hold forever (or let’s hope for at least 26.2 miles).
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