Dec 16

Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree

Ugh.  What a day.  One thing after another.  I felt like it was two steps forward, one step back all day long.  Thankfully, I did my swim this morning because there was no way I could have squeezed it in along with everything else. Despite being as busy as I was, I was able to call it quits at 6:00 so I could go out for a run.  Because it was so late, it was already pitch black out.  I geared up with a reflective vest, head lamp, and blinking red light on the back of my head.  There was no missing me out there.

I was looking to do 8 miles to redeem myself after my horrible 8 mile “run” on Monday.  I think I succeeded.  Here is a quick comparison of how I felt on the two days:

Monday Wednesday
Feeling at Beginning of Run Excited and ready to run Stressed out and irritated
During the Run Desperate need of a restroom Strong and fast
Time 1:19:23 1:05:18
Feeling at End of Run Horrible, Nauseous, and Frustrated Elated and Energetic


What a difference a couple days will make.  Same course, same weather, and my run was 100 times better today.  I felt like I was running strong the entire time.  Parts of the course were a little slow due to it being dark and icy (not a good combination), but when I hit dry pavement, I felt like I was pushing the pace.

After I got my run in, I had a wonderful taco fiesta prepared by the lovely Jennifer.  Now it is time to squeeze in a bit more work before I crash.  It is going to be another early morning and busy day tomorrow.  Yay……

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  1. Maria

    Sometimes not being ready to run leads to the best runs, weird mentality but it works!

  2. Krista@CommitmentisLiberating

    What a difference! Interesting that you were in a good mental place and then had a bad run and then the opposite the next time! It’s like making up after a fight – a nice run after a bad one is even sweeter 🙂

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