A successful run!!!!! After 2 disasterous days in a row, I was determined that today was going to go well and nothing was getting in my way. Not 22F out, not snow/ice packed on my driveway and in front of my house, not the dogs, kids, husband OR that nasty Mother Nature.
I bundled up, tied on my new shoes, grabbed my iPod, Garmin Forerunner and headed out on my 25 minute run planned for W7D3.
It felt awesome and I had a great pace. Halfway through made the call to move on to W8 and do 27m30s. I figured I was feeling great, running well, why not move on. The few minutes of debating was settled when I ran the first mile at 10m59s which is the fastest pace I have ever set. The mental game was on at that moment and I needed to know if physically I could accomplish what mentally, I really wanted.
27m30s came and I was at 2.38 miles. I thought the mental game started before, but I was wrong. It really began right then because while I was right in front of my house, doing my best not to break my leg on packed down snow/ice that coated the road and driveway, I didnt want to stop at 2.38 miles. I wanted 2.5miles. I wanted to be able to say that I ran 2.5 miles today. After the 2 previous days, I NEEDED to say I ran 2.5 miles.
So I did. In 28m25s I ran 2.5 miles. Talk about an amazing feeling! Challenging yourself, pushing past your personal limits, achieving something that 4 months ago was such a foreign concept. Its amazing.
I have never run that far in my life. I have never run that long in my life. Its an accomplishment for me that I am extrememly proud of.
Running has showed me how to challenge myself and push beyond my self-imposed limits. At 31 I am learning more about myself then I think I did in all of my 20's. That is almost as great of a feeling as running 2.5 miles in 28m25s!