What. A. Run.
When my alarm went off this morning, I heard thunder. After debating whether I wanted to head out, I decided I was already up and might as well brave the rain. And surprisingly, while there was a little rain, I barely even noticed it. That’s how focused I was on my run.
I decided to try a slightly different route, and it seemed to make a big difference. I ran the whole time! Well, not the short warm up and cool down walk, but not once did I slow my pace or walk. Actually, I didn’t even set goals for myself based on landmarks. Instead I told myself to just keep moving, that I was still breathing and my legs were still working. Success! When I mapped my route online, I found out it’s a mile. Even better.
Just a few days ago about how I couldn’t seem to break past this quarter-mile barrier. I would hit that point on my route and couldn’t seem to push myself to keep jogging. I did yesterday, but not by much. I think what made the difference is that the first stretch of the route I did today is flat. My normal route means I meet a hill almost from a get-go, and that could be what slows me down a bit. Plus on my new route I get to run by a mini-lake/fountain area, making it a lot more enjoyable right off the bat.
Now that I know I can get past that quarter-mile mark, I’m excited to see what else I can do with this whole jogging thing. Who knows – maybe there is a 5K in my future someday.