I had to do a two-mile run this evening. It is much easier to do the runs in the evening when my husband gets home. When I tried to run with my daughter in the jogger, it took much longer to get it over with and it was much harder than I had imagined. I have a nice imagination, I imagined that it would be very easy to push a 10+ pound stroller with a 20 pound baby in it. The reality of it, it isn't easy to push a 10+ pound stroller with a 20 pound baby in it. I need to figure out how to enjoy it, because eventually I am going to have to run much further and I am not sure I will be able to complete the runs before sunset.
Tonight as I ran, I was enjoying it. It was going well. I could breathe well and it didn't seem like it was very hard. Then, for whatever reason, at 1.38 miles, I got really hard. I don't know if I hit the proverbial wall, or what happened, but it got really hard.
The thoughts in my mind went something like this: "You can do this. This isn't hard. You ran a 5K on Saturday, so this is easier. You are more than halfway through the run, you got this." I was trying to convince myself that I was fine.
I kept that going on during my run. Then at about 1.5 miles, I started telling myself: "You can slow down. It is okay to take it easy. You are running faster than your SmartCoach plan tells you to anyway."
Well, I kept running. I kept a rather steady pace. I reminded myself that I have a three-mile run on Saturday, so it was important to keep running today. I went on to remind myself that next week I will have a four-mile run, so I really can't give up on a two-mile.
Am I the only one that holds conversations, in my mind, while running? I give myself a pep talk, try to convince myself that it is okay to slow down, but keep on going anyway. I haven't ran with an MP3 player since I found out I was pregnant with my toddler. I get to hear all the sounds of the road and of the city. Maybe this is why I take the time to listen to all the thoughts I'm having.
I was happy to complete my run. I came home to my slow cooker lasagna and then headed to Walgreens. I bought some Hersheys Kisses and some Fish Oil capsules. I had a sick child at home today so I didn't do much. It was nice to get out.