Today I realized—
Dorothy Susan, we’re not in Kansas Pittsburgh anymore. I’ve spent the entire time since we’ve moved to Texas (8 months) running outdoors, but I think that might be coming to a close. While most people are starting their outdoor running, I’m might be packing up and heading indoors. The heat today, at 9:30 am, was brutal and it did NOT translate into a pretty run.
I started off with the intention of doing 10 miles. I’ll admit, my mind wasn’t really behind this run so I knew it had to be ideal conditions to make it happen. I texted Julie for moral support and set out on my way.
The sun was blazing and by 2.6 miles I knew I wasn’t going to make it the full ten. I’m just not used to running in these temps and I honestly figured there was no point in torturing myself. I’m not training for any longer races right now, so what was the use? If only I had COURAGE!
I turned around at the 3 mile mark and felt like I NEEDED to do something to cool myself down. At this point I texted Julie asking for “permission” to quit. She tried to convince me to slow my pace and keep going. If she only had a HEART!
At just over 3 miles I found the showers and soaked my head and shirt. There were onlookers, there were stares, I think I even heard whispers. I didn’t care, I was cooling off (and taking pictures of it… perhaps that’s why they were whispering… ohhhhhh). If I only had a BRAIN.
Since I had given up on my original 10 miles, I wanted to give the 6 all I had. My body fought me every step of the way. I started just watching my shadow because when I watched my shadow I felt fast. Seriously, my shadow really seems to cruise along. It worked up until about mile 5 and then even my shadow was moving slowly.
Sucky Six Miler:
- Mile 1: 10:31
- Mile 2: 10:37
- Mile 3: 11:18
- Mile 4: 10:48
- Mile 5: 10:55
- Mile 6: 11:21
I can’t be unhappy with myself. I don’t know if I’ll have the “power” to run in the heat, but I’ll never know unless I keep on trying. Like Glenda the Good Witch says, you can’t be shown you have the power. You have to learn it for yourself.
So I’m going to
follow run on the “yellow brick road” in hopes that it will lead me where I want to go!