But... yesterday I realized something (and pardon me if this is old hat to the rest of you): the hardest part about training is getting dressed and walking out the door. I'm not kidding. It seems like as soon as I get out that door, I'm well on my way to my goal.
The real reason I'm writing this more is because I am so excited about my walk/run last night. I really didn't want to go and then I decided that I had to at least do something, even if it was just an hour of light walking. So, I pulled on my running gear, double-knotted my shoe laces and headed out the door. You guys, I don't know why this happens, but it seems like whenever I focus on just going out there and doing "something", I go faster than I expect. As soon as I say I want to reach "X" pace, I slow down again, but if I tell myself "I'm going to walk for an hour", it's like I have wings!
Yesterday was probably one of my best days ever. Not only did I complete my fastest 5K ever, but I also completed my fastest mile ever! To some people, my pace would not sound like much. I'm still on the "tortoise" end of the Hare-Tortoise scale. But for me, little-old-me who felt like it was a struggle just six months ago to even walk a mile at all? I will take this feeling of victory and run with it!
Speaking of last night, I'm including a few pictures below from my walk/run. I usually try not to stop and take pictures while training because it tends to distract me, but it was so beautiful last night that I couldn't help it.
|My neighborhood seems to be covered in a cascade of Magnolia petals this week.|
I am not complaining at all.
|The view from my front door.|
Can't get much better than this!
|Was running along the Shaker Lakes Trail when I looked up and nearly ran headlong into this deer.|
I was so surprised it stopped my in my tracks.
I walked through (yes, through!) a pack of about six deer.