A Difficult 7.5 Mile Run In Icy Conditions, Inspired By A Simple Blog Comment.
I didn’t really know what to write today until I received this comment from Wendy earlier.
It was posted on one of my first posts on this blog in January 2012 when I was just starting the site and it was about running in wintery weather.
It’s easy to think you’re insane for running on mornings where the sky remains black and you start to doubt the sun will rise.
Saying that, it was much easier for me today though after reading that comment, even if the roads were slippery as fuck for 7.5 miles.
I had to slow down to a crawl on my favourite downhill stretch of the run as I was losing traction every few hundred yards and I even thought about falling to the ground and using my gut as the base of a bobsleigh.
But somehow I kept on my feet.
I’ve been struggling a lot with keeping my sub 10 minute mile average pace and today was no exception.
I had already surrendered any notion of hitting my goal pace by the time I ran a 10:23 in that 5th icy mile. I went through the usual charade of thinking that this run was just a warm-up for a better run tomorrow. But I’ve been running with this mentality for almost 2 years and I’ve never had that better run.
I’ve been setting myself up for a grand moment that doesn’t exist.
You’ve got to create that grand moment now.
It’s much easier to dream of a better future than it is to make a better present moment for yourself. You can run all day and wait to be fitter tomorrow, but it won’t come unless you fix it now.
So this morning, I did just that and ran my last half mile in 4:12, bringing my average pace down to below a ten minute mile for the run.
My pace is still extremely mediocre but I’m proud of the effort I put in at the end.
You can’t just hope and wait for things to fix themselves. Ignore the prospect of tomorrow and make your difference today.
It’s the only shot you’ll ever have.