The other day Sam and I were texting about my run and swim times. He told me, correctly, that I don’t need to be afraid of being tired when I run. His point was that I know how to push through tired and keep going. I’ve been thinking about this the past few days as I have been swimming and running. I have still had a bit of a hard time with swimming, partially because I am still pausing to cough from my sinus infection. I’m hoping that is gone soon though. Today was a run – 3.5 miles. I decided to start out faster, as he suggested, and then keep running. I have tended to stop after the first mile and walked for a ways. It makes it difficult to begin running again. Today felt good. My pace was faster than usual and I was able to keep going. I’ve improved my running posture and form too, which I think helps tremendously. I finished the first mile 35 seconds faster than my fastest mile so far. I did walk part of a lap to my water. But then I started running again and kept running the next mile. I paused for a few seconds to grab my water bottle. Then I started running again. My third mile was faster than my second mile. I finished three miles 2-3 minutes faster than I have previously – a PR. And I kept going 3 more laps before I walked the final lap to cool down.
I did it and I was not really tired. I was happy. As I approached mile 3, I was smiling. Other people on the track probably thought I was nuts because I had such a big smile. I was truly happy that I had pushed through, kept going, and was still running. I had not given into tired or given up and walked. I kept smiling. Before I left I put a note in Sam’s box that just said “-4 minutes!!” (I read my watch incorrectly and thought I was actually 4 minutes faster. Not quite, but I will get there.)
I am getting closer to the goal I have set for a 30 minute 5K. I still have a ways to go but I can achieve this. It may sound like a trivial goal but it is something that feels significant to me.
Keep pushing – don’t give into tired – you never know what you might be able to accomplish.