Friday- 7 miles, 8:32 pace
Saturday- 3 miles, slower 9:40 pace(treadmill) + partial JM kettle bell workout
J finally went down for a nap yesterday morning around 10am after being up with mom and dad all night long. Poor kid has really bad Croup. We had to take him in again to get another steroid shot because his esophagus is really swollen and he can’t breath very well.
Since the hubs was home I had about an hour to run and was lucky enough to bring it outside. Ahh, the air was clean, the sky was clear, and I could see the sun! It felt so good to pound the pavement again. Towards the end of my run I started thinking, this one run alone I had overcome 3 HUGE running milestones of mine.
1. I was running outside in. the. snow. If you’ve been reading long, you’d know I’m not a friend of the snow for more than about 2 days. And I chose to run in it. I could’ve easily ran on my treadmill, I had no obligations to anyone, and I still did it. And I daresay, I enjoyed it. I hope February brings more 30*-40* weather and no inversion in the air.
2. I ran 7 miles in less than an hour. 59:47 to be exact. That makes me so happy. Not too long ago I was running 6 miles in over an hour and never thought I could get any faster. It also solidifies my tempo runs done on the treadmill, they work! I also know I have a lot in me because I felt really good the whole run and didn’t feel like I was straining myself.
3. I didn’t bring any water with me or drink any for that matter. During my runs on the treadmill I drink my whole water bottle and often want more. I really didn’t want to carry any water with me and I heard that running in the cold weather doesn’t make you as thirsty. If you’ve ever ran with me you know I always have my trusty Nathan Hydration belt, you could call it my safety blanket 😉 I didn’t get thirsty until the last stretch towards my house. This proves to me a lot of things are in my head. I need to trust my body and what it’s capable of.
I’m grateful for this run for teaching me so much about myself. Trust yourself and reach for goals that you may think are unreachable. You’ll never know unless you try. Deep, I know. I’d better stop before I get too run nerdy=)
I’m headed out to my nieces baptism, can’t wait to see my parents!
What Milestones have you conquered?
What are some exercise goals that cause you fear?
Do your parents live close by? Are you close with them?