Today is Monday. That means in my world it is a run day. T was commenting the other day that he was proud of my consistency and mileage that I have been achieving. He was also a little jealous. His schedule doesn’t usually allow him the consistency needed to stick to a plan. I have my neat little orderly life (in terms of a schedule) and I pretty much stick to it.
Today I ran. Since I ran an extra day last week I figured that I would take it easy today and just do a relatively leisurely run of 4 miles. So I did. I set my iPod for a distance of 4 miles and hopped up on the treadmill. It started out well. I was feeling like I had a good pace and was comfortable. After a while I realized I hadn’t yet heard the voice prompt telling me that I had hit 1 mile. Ugh. I thought it was going faster than that. Which, not even 1 mile in to a 4+ mile run, is not a good thought. But I focused on the music and kept jogging along. Finally I hit the 2 mile mark and upped my pace by a couple of notches on the treadmill. I did that for a mile. When I finally hit the 3-mile mark I was thinking that I couldn’t keep the pace for another mile if I wanted to sprint the last 0.25 mile. So I lowered my pace back down a bit. I just wanted to be done. Lucky for my mileage, I told that inner wuss of a voice to shut up and kept going. I finished out my 4-mile run with a 0.25 mile cool down in 36.04. Not bad.
Running, even when you don’t want to. Exercise always makes me feel better. In the past I have always found it so easy to convince myself to NOT work out. But I’m still feeling confident that I like how my body feels when I do run, so I don’t want to disappoint myself by getting out of shape and having to start over again. Mind over body. That is what it is about.