You know you’re a runner when you see other people running in the freezing cold and you wish it was you. That was me all week; so when I had a chance to run today, I took it.
Unlike our friends and family on the east coast, our snow from the past week is starting to melt away. I fully expected to have a muddy, mucky road today from the snow melt, but when I came home to a nearly dry road I knew I had to go for a run.
With school is full swing now, my schedule is tighter than ever so every time I get to run, it is a gift. I knew I was too mentally tired to work on homework this afternoon, but I wasn’t physically tired. Rich and Lizzie were out ice skating so I was free. How often does this happen? There were dishes to do, laundry to start, and a number of other household chores. It’s never the perfect time to workout. It’s always a choice. This time I decided running took precedence.
I donned a pair of running tights, a t-shirt, and a light jacket. It was in the 40s, but the sun was out and there was no wind for a change. It had been a week since my last run. School and bad weather prevented me from running at all last week. I’ve still been fitting in some workouts this week, a little weight lifting and ice skating, so I wasn’t a complete slob. As soon as I started, I felt great. My legs felt strong.
I didn’t think I had that much time so I was only planning on a short 3 miles, but when I got to my turn around point a blanket of un-stepped in snow lay before me. The rest of the run had been on dry hard packed trail, but this section was still completely covered. I couldn’t resist. It was intoxicating. I had to run through it – plus I still felt strong.
I ended up adding another half a mile before turning around – making an entire mile of snowy running. I loved it. There is just something about fresh snow that is so irresistible.
On the way back I was starting to get a little tired. I was about to walk the last little bit of a hill, around the 3 mile point, when I glanced down and saw that my watch said I was ahead by 0.08 miles. (This means I was ahead of my virtual partner which is set at 9:15 mile pace.) I’m almost never ahead! I thought, Well then I definitely can’t walk! and I pushed myself up the hill and finished out the last mile strong.
I finished ahead! Under a 9 minute mile pace even! This is exactly what I needed today. I needed a little confidence booster to start my week on the right foot. Finding time for fitness is always a struggle, but even more so with homework and deadlines weighing down on me. I’ve told myself that even amidst the schoolwork, I need to continue to make my workouts a priority. Running keeps me sane and working out helps my self esteem. If I want to succeed in my academic program, staying physically fit is just as important as my homework assignments. Easier said than done! But that’s my goal for the semester. You guys can keep me accountable to that! 🙂
Have a great week!