Sometimes the unseen things are far more powerful than the visible. Today I ran my 9 mile long run. This winter has been the mildest winter I can ever remember – hardly any snow and above average temperatures. Of course today the weather was more seasonal and I woke to a cold and snow covered day. The snow accumulation was small, an inch or two, so the roads were fine to run. The temperature was in the low 30’s, a very bearable temperature. The things I saw didn’t seem too bad. Then there was the wind.
I recently bought the new Nike Cyclone Vapor jacket. This has to be one of the best running investments I have made. This jacket really did the job protecting me from the wind. My best proof – the areas of my body not covered by the jacket really felt the wind. Especially my face. I didn’t hear much wind as I got ready to go outside and didn’t see much blowing around. But once I headed out, the gusts were strong. The power of the unseen wind was much greater than the cold or the snow.
As the Nike slogan for the jacket says “brave the elements.” I thought of how the seen jacket helped me brave the unseen wind. But something unseen also helped me brave the wind. My determination to get through the run. Recently another blogger commented that the worst day running is better than the best day not running. That comment came to mind several times during my run and I had to agree. I would much rather be out in the wind running than laying around the house. There is plenty of time for that later in the day. It is days like today that help me the most in my training. When I am able to complete a difficult workout and not give up, I know I am able to press on to reach my goals. Along with strengthening my body, I am also strengthening my will and confidence in my ability – another unseen power. That makes me want to be brave.