Yesterday was my day off. Me being me…I thought of how I could be productive, even on my day off. The operative word is “thought”. I really didn’t want to do anything. I started my day off with the breakfast of real champs, pizza. I love pizza. I always have pizza left over from Thursday’s movie night.
I hate to waste food and I hate to miss breakfast so into the microwave the pizza went. No, don’t let the picture fool you. I never have just one piece of pizza unless that is all there is. It was sooooo good. I love left over pizza. It is not as good as pizza in the states, but it is not too shabby.
Yesterday was also my long run day. I drug myself to the gym. Usually once I put my running shoes on I know I am GTG. That means good to go. I don’t even listen to any excuses that run through my head at that point. I started the run and MAN…my legs started hurting like crazy, AGAIN! I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was, but I really wanted to get some miles in. I always tell myself, “Self, you can not finish if you don’t start.”
So I decided to slow down just so I could get through the run. Guess what? The pain went away after a couple of minutes. Now I knew the answer, “Slow down you fool!” The problem has been that I was trying to go too fast. I usually jump on the treadmill at my top speed and try to maintain that for the duration. That is kind of disappointing, because I really want to be faster. I feel like I am running so slow. I guess it is what it is. I guess I have to be patient and run super slow for now and gradually build up my speed.
I always wonder about the stories I read where people are 300 lbs and decide to be a runner. Within months they are running at sub 10 minute miles. How do they do that? I may be exaggerating a bit about the 300 lbs, but you know what I mean. There is always some miraculous story like that in one of those running magazines, which by the way I love. (Magazine Junkie I am)
I know it will be alright. I will still continue to push forward and get faster, if that is at all possible.
So……..The moral of the story is……
What I do everyday – Try to run faster – The Same Thing
What happens every time – I am gimping along on the treadmill, trying to run through the pain. – Same Results
What I finally did different – Slowed down – Different results and a much happier Lotus Blossom.
Lesson learned – Don’t try to do the same thing and expect something different. I must say once I slowed down the run was much more pleasant. This is a lesson that can apply to anything in life I suppose.
My goal was 5.33 miles and I ran 5.49. That’s another win. YEAH!
Your Lurvly Lotus Blossom