Oh what a relief this morning to wake up to cooler weather. And even better was running without feeling fried. Especially as this morning I had a tempo run to do – a 10km run with a 1km warm up and cool down, leaving 8km to run at tempo pace. Which was bloody hard. And yes, I did get hot while puffing and panting along the cycle path for 8km, which was why I was doubly grateful for the cooler weather.
Given that this session was not a race I had no-one around me to keep my honest, I had to rely on my Garmin. Whatever did we do before GPS watches?! I tried running at a steady pace and I think I mostly succeeded but it got harder the longer I went. I so wanted to slow down at the 2km mark (I’d only just started so I was still really getting into my stride and it’s always hard for the first couple of kms), 4km mark (I knew I was halfway but that meant I still had 4km to go!), 5km mark (I was running into a headwind at this stage and it was hard work), 7km mark (so close but yet still so far!).
However I just kept telling myself that pain is only temporary and I’d soon be done. And I didn’t stop or slow down. I was hanging out for the 8km mark so I could stop and take a breather before doing a cruisey 1km cool down home….and to have brekkie (did I also mention that I was starving?!). Finally, I could stop and sweet jesus, what a blessed relief that was. I’m glad I didn’t give in and quit, or at least slow down – it was hard but oh what an achievement once I’d finished.
And no-one can take that feeling away from me.
And the frittata in the photo? – that was lunch today. It looked, tasted and smelled delicious
“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race; its to test the limits of the human heart.” – Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike, Inc