It’s no secret that last year was a shitty year of running for me. It was riddled with missed training runs and empty promises to get back on the ball. I was constantly losing my mojo, and I was totally undisciplined. I had no PRs and I didn’t meet any of my goals.
Going into this year, I thought that I would have to start from square one. Ok, maybe not as bad as I was in 2007, but I thought I’d be pretty close. The surprising thing is that I’m not back at square one. With two fantastic races under my belt (Great Race of Agoura 5k & Seal Beach 10k), I’m just beginning to realize that I’m in a lot better shape than I think I am. And what’s even more surprising is that I’m actually in even better shape than I was in 2008, when I felt like I did my best.
I don’t mean to come off as an egomaniac, because I know I’m still hella slow and I know I have so much more to go before I get to where I want to be. But as I stepped out for an easy 4 miler this evening, I felt a real sense of ease, comfort, and confidence as I started my run. Like I knew running it all the way, easy, would be no problem. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt like that before. And as I ran a loop that I haven’t done since 2008, I was suddenly hit with how far I’ve come.
2008 Sheryl: I had to run 3:2 intervals and each mile took me 13 mins to complete. The half mile hill I had to go up had my heart racing and left me gasping for breath. I would have to cut into my run intervals and start walking, and my walk breaks got longer and longer.
Present Day Sheryl: Runs 13min/mi as an easy pace with a 153 (Zone 3) avg HR. No longer uses intervals! YAY! Thought this day would never come =)
So, I guess today’s Motivational Monday is about giving yourself a little credit and having more faith in yourself and your body… as cheesy as that sounds ;) I think we all have our own mental image of what we’re capable of, but most of the time we can do soooo much more! And I think that’s what’s so great about running.. you’re constantly surprising yourself =)
Happy Monday, all!
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