Today's 3 miles was really good! :) I managed to knock out the first mile in 16:30 - AND finished the total run in 51:59. On top of that, I was able to drop my average pace time to 17:20. I was able to jog for 10 minutes without stopping, and then continued to alternate between walking and jogging.
Needless to say, it was a great training day. Definitely no room for "stinkin' thinkin' "
It's amazing, though, at what goes through my mind while running. Sometimes I become a little self-concious, praying that no one is watching me. But those thoughts are quickly squeezed out by the necessity to control my breathing. And that soon takes a back seat to the BURNING in my shins and calves. Then, begins the battle between my flesh and my spirit. My flesh says to stop, the pain is too much, no one will know... My spirit says to keep running with perseverance this race toward the goal that has been set before me. Today, my spirit won out.
As I continued to run/walk - I often glanced between my watch and my Ipod (because I use the iTreadmill), and I noticed - with some satisfaction - the sweat glistening off my arm. Then I felt it trickle down my face and neck. Normally, any girl in their right mind would find this absolutely disgusting. But today...today, I felt like an athlete, and I loved it!
I WILL continue to run with perseverance this race that is before me, and work to throw off all that entangles me. Let's Do This!!!!!