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.
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.