Running, Chicken, Egg and Faith

While Tuesday morning’s run workout was a test of my anaerobic limits, my run this morning once again tested my patience in an effort to improve my aerobic base. My progress is similar to the chicken/egg conundrum. I am improving in my patience and being willing to slow down or walk when my heart rate crosses my upper limit. Additionally, I am improving in my ability to run jog for longer periods before my heart rate increases. Is my attitude helping my performance? Is my performance elevating my attitude? I do not know for sure. But it is working, ten months ago my heart rate jumped into zone 3 within the first minute and a half of my run. Now I am able to run jog for five to six minutes before crossing into zone three and then I am able to keep a pace that my heart rate stays very close to the bottom of the zone. And my time is improving.

I know I will improve with time and hard work. But it also requires faith. Faith that my trainer knows what she is doing (and as I have said she is wicked fast, so I think she does), faith that my body will adjust and most importantly faith that the abilities and gifts I have been blessed with will get me there. I am also reminding myself that life is not linear and I will not improve 11 seconds per mile every week like I did this week. (happy dance, happy dance!) There will be lulls, plateaus, and set backs. Hopefully the setbacks will be very minor…

This afternoon after lifting weights I am once again poolside as I write. A few clouds passed by with a few sprinkles, but the sun continues to shine. The rain is gone and there is nothing but blue skies… The pool is open too and the sounds of splashing fill the air. All signs that even though a few rain drops may fall, plans may temporarily change, in time life works out the way it should. One day I will write “I ran well” without “ran“. By the way, I know by faith the chicken came first, so I guess my attitude is helping drive my improvement. I will get there, it just takes a little faith.

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