Ahhhh Sunday...blessed Sunday. A day with no work! AHhhh
So I guess I learned my lesson. Get my run over with early in the morning. Seriously. If I don't do it first thing or very near the first thing I sit and dread it for ages. Today was one of those days. I KNEW that I was going to go running. Yet I ate breakfast. Nor normally I'll go running and then eat breakfast....it kinda keeps the food for sloshing around inside me (not a pleasant thought is it?). But toady, I ate first. So I sat down to work on my computer to allow my food to settle.
While my food settled I started to work on digitizing pictures from my childhood. They are deteriorating with age. I am taking them, digitizing them and doing some minor restoration work on them. I want to make sure that I can look at these pictures that I fell in love with as a little girl flipping through photo albums. That was one of my favorite things to do as a kid.....look through our photo albums. So anyway, I digress......I sat down to work on that project. I kept telling myself, after I finish this step I'll go running. But then I would finish that step and then move o to the next step and say "after this step" Of course that didn't happen. I kept working.
By the time I was pretty much finished with the pictures it was lunch time. So I of course had a sandwich. And then of course I didn't want to run after eating again. What a vicious cycle!!!!
I continued watching the Olympics (oh yes, I watched a couple episodes of Live Big with Ali Vincent and then the Olympics as I fiddled around on my computer). As I watched the Olympics, I thought about how those athletes go workout even when they don't want to work out. I thought about how they push themselves because they BELIEVE in themselves! So I rose up from the couch, put on my workout clothes and off I went.
Darn if it wasn't brutally cold. I've run in colder. But for some reason it just killed me today. My legs were heavy and I could have worked through that. My knees hurt and my heel hurt which was just no fun. I reverted back to running intervals for the duration. But the icing on the cake? The wind and cold. My ears were numb....my cheeks burned. I struggled to take in a deep breath. It was not fun at all. As for now? I'm somewhat warm again....but I'm just really wheezy. GRRRRR Oh well......I'll be running again in a day or two and hopefully it won't be as brutal!!! No...I'm thinking positively....it WILL be better. I WILL be improving my time. I WILL be conquering this running thing. And I'm going to throw it out there on the table.....I'm planning on running a race in March (I ran this one last year) and I am going to aim to set a new PR! Ok, so there it is....on the table!
Now if only the weather will cooperate so that I can actually get out there and run. My time to beat???? My best 5k is 38.20.. I'm currently running at a pace of roughly 13:20 a mile. So I have to drop about 50 seconds off of each mile. I know that the adrenaline of the race will knock some time off of my pace. It did that with both of my lowest runs. So what am I aiming for????? Honestly anything under 38:20. I will admit that I would be tickled with 36.......or even 35....but that is a long long shot!!! Ok, it's a long shot for me right now.....because I have 1 month and one week until that race (I think)
So there it is...the proverbial glove has been dropped! (and how my heel felt this morning, I better buy a new roll of KT tape! LOL)