Saturday, June 30, 2007

Breakthroughs

I had a breakthrough today. I ran 4.5 miles OUTSIDE, without stopping. (Well, almost. There were these two stoplights along my route. I tried to keep moving, but it's just not the same.) It took 50 minutes, but again, stoplights, and it was hilly. The last mile? All uphill.

But you know what was really awesome? Not once did I think "I can't do this" or "I have to stop now or I'll die" or "If I just lay down on the sidewalk, do you think anyone would notice?" Nope. I visualized the whole route before I left, purposely ran out for 2 miles so I knew I had to come back at least that distance, and I just kept going.

Now, don't misunderstand. I didn't feel like it was easy. It was still sucky in parts...especially those uphill parts. I had a lot of help from my iPod. But when I was done? I felt like I could have kept going.

I've already been asked once today why I didn't keep going. Honestly, I just couldn't do anymore uphill...

Here's the best part. Today is the first day where I actually believe I can run the entire Wharf to Wharf in 3 weeks time. I don't think I've honestly believed I could run the 6 miles before.

Today I believe.

3 comments:

Rochelle said...

Congratulations! I hate running with a passion (and so do my ankles), but I really admire those who have the desire and determination to go the distance! I'll be cheering you on from Colorado when you run the Wharf to Wharf!

Shawna Barlette said...

Ironman motto:

Anything is possible.

My motto:

Anything is possible, just continue to believe in yourself.

You're there. Congrat's. You're gonna so love the W2W.

McReynolds Family said...

That race will be beautiful and you will do it easily. I think I might do it next year, if you are up for it again?