A Great Long Run

I am happy to report that today’s run was wonderful – I ran twelve glorious miles in pure sunshine. Warm is a relative word in Northeast Ohio in February, so I would say it was in the low 30’s when I started out. With the sunshine and little to no wind, I enjoyed the “warm” spell. My run took me through the neighborhoods and hills out my front door. The first eight miles went very well. I maintained a good pace keeping my heart rate average at 131. In less than six weeks I have been able to work back to staying in my low zone two without walking and I have improved my “slow” pace. More encouragement to share with those reading who are also working on zone training. At mile eight I did have a moment of concern – since the marathon I have not run past nine miles and I wanted to get twelve in even if I had to walk. At that same moment a song came on my iPod that picked up my pace and got me through the tough patch.

Today’s run was a bit of a turning point for me. I made it through and put the doubts behind me. My swimming has been going so well and I have made good progress in running. The run today solidified my forward motion. I must say the past few long runs were a few steps back, but today reversed the course to the right direction. When I finished I took a picture of the sunshine on the frozen lake I live on. A bit of a reminder of my little break through.

A little reminder of the sunshine that helped me through my run.
A little reminder of the sunshine that helped me through my run.

Big accomplishments bring lasting memories. I am convinced, however, that it is the little accomplishments – like my ability to break through and run well today – that have deeper sentiment. It is these little accomplishments that build together to bring on the big one. So today I celebrate being able to convince my mind what my body has been able to do – and look forward to hopefully bigger things to come.

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  1. Glad you found the turning point in February. The winter is such a challenging time for those of us living in parts of the country where snow, ice, and sub-30 temps are all too common this time year. Keep up the great work and you’ll have that much more to look forward to in the spring!

    1. Funny you should ask! The best rock song of the year from the best rock band of the year! Lonely Boy by The Black Keys. Bonus – they are from my hometown Akron, Ohio and went to my high school!

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