In the last few weeks I have increased the distance of my running. It really is the best cardio with the highest calorie burn. Biggest bang for my buck. And with summer arriving I feel like I am in crunch time. I can't say that I love it. It is still something I force myself to do, but it is getting a little easier.
Feeling very pleased with my ability to run 3 miles I bragged to Mike. Why I still do this I don't know. But you know what good ol Mike did? Gave me homework. To run. 4.5 miles. I realize that his role in my journey is to push me farther then I think I can go. Trust me, he's very good at it. But 4.5? Really? Really?!!
Saturday I did it. It was calling for rain but when has rain ever stopped an Oregonian? As I started out it started to rain. I smiled. I'm in my element. I loved playing games in the rain. I would much rather train in the rain then in 95 degree heat. But then the lightening cracked, followed by the big boom of the thunder and I second guessed my decision. It actually made me jump. Then it began pouring. Pouring. Some nice women pulled over and asked if I was trying to get back to the gym and if I needed a lift. I thanked her and waved her on. I was only on my first lap! At some point it was impossible to avoid a puddle and my shoes and socks were water logged. I was definitely carrying some water weight around with me which was another challenge. I contemplated just running the first lap which is a little over 2 miles. I mean, it was ridiculous. But I decided I was already soaked so I couldn't really do anything else inside of the gym without making a mess so I may as well finish what I started. Which has been my goal this whole time. Finish what I start. No excuses. (unless the excuse is that it's 95 degrees with humidity and then it's completely valid so I don't die.) Not quitting. No giving up on oneself.
I made it. It was slow but steady. I walked for about 30 seconds, 2 times. But I finished it. I finished it! I ran 4.5 miles.
He's always saying, "You are stronger then you think you are."
Today I actually believed it.