Last week I wrote about how I had a mediocre run and how I was frustrated by it. I know I am only just getting back into running, but I thought it would be easier.
What a difference a week makes.
Yesterday I had an (early for me) appointment. It was a very nice morning so I walked there with the minimum amount of stuff shoved into the tiny pocket of my capris so I could run home. And I did. I ran home and it was wonderful! There weren’t many people on the road and it was warm (but not too warm). I felt good. I didn’t have a headache and I felt good.
You can’t imagine how long its been since I could say that I felt good. In that time, it was just me and the music and the velvety warm air.
I know I’m not a fast runner by any means, and I know that it will take time to improve, but yesterday showed me that all runs aren’t going to suck. They aren’t all going to be kittens and unicorns and rainbows either. But if I can find a good mix, I think I’m going to be ok.
Being ok is good, because I’m running a 5K this Sunday. I haven’t run a 5K in ages! 2006 in fact. I’m hoping for a similar time, but I’m ok no matter what time I run it. (My time for 2005 was 43:48. Funny, in my head it was much faster! Can I blame the huge hill in the first mile?)
Granted, I am bound to be competitive with myself, but as long as I am getting out there and doing it, it’s going to have to be enough. At the very least it gives me something to aim for and improve on in the future.
What’s the last race you participated in?
(I ran the Sharon Timlin 5K twice, did a 5 miler I never crossed the finish line for b/c by the time I got to the finish line, everything had been packed up. I’ve walked the Walk for Hunger 20 miler, and the Making Strides for Breast Cancer 10k in Boston. I also did the 10K for Women last year in Glasgow and had a horrible time of 1:51:31. I was not dressed for the weather and it’s hard to do a 10k in waterlogged sweatpants and a hoodie!)