Every Saturday it’s the same thing. I wake up anticipating how far I need to run and planning what I’ll do if I don’t make my goal. I then check The Weather Channel app to see when the warmest part of the day will be.
After running for what I had thought had been an exceptional period of time, I looked down to find out I had only ran 1.5 miles! At that moment I wanted to give up and even told myself that after last weekend’s run, I could afford to do a shorter run this week.
There were so many reasons for me to give up and focus on the the negative things that were holding me back- it’s too cold, my usual running path was blocked, I ran too slow, this sweatshirt is making me too warm. But I noticed when I thought about all those things, I wanted to give up more.
Once again, I had to focus on how far I’ve come the past few weeks and even the last few months- I am strong enough, one continuous mile use to be hard, last week I ran 7 miles.
Isn’t it strange how much easier it is to listen to those negative voices saying we can’t succeed versus those voices that build us up. Too often I find the negative voices are much louder than the positive ones. Maybe it’s really that I give them much more space in my mind.
No matter what voice is speaking to you today, I hope that you take some time to remember the good things about yourself and those things that are going right for you.
Running Stats for Nov 28
- Goal 7 miles, Actual 7.63
- Time 1:19:10
- Pace 10’22”
Running Stats for Dec 5
- Goal 8 miles, Actual 8.55
- Time 1:31:43
- Pace 10’43”