Run #34: Building Character

February 5, 2015It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a workout like this where I couldn’t wait for it to be over. And unfortunately it was one of my peak mileage days, which makes it more important that I complete it.

I think outside events had a major role in making today exceptionally hard. Clients were being pissy at work so everyone was on edge. I worked late this evening, as well as Tuesday so I was already mentally just worn out. I would’ve much rather been stretched out on my couch, remote in hand and Netflix on the TV, but I went to the gym anyway because I wanted to say I accomplished something I was proud of this week.

I started late which was another thing going against me. My timing was off, my breathing was all over the place. I wasn’t really into the podcast I was listening to so I put on some Britney, which made my pace even worse. A woman showed up in the workout room with her toddler who smelled like a combination of fast food and dirty diapers. So many things about tonight were just wrong.

But I didn’t give up.

Even though it wasn’t my best, I kept going. Finish… finish… finish… was all I kept chanting in my head. I refused to look down at the counter to see how much I had left to go because I didn’t need anymore discouragement.

I think it’s important to have days like today. It keeps us humble and reminds us that we’re human. We will no doubt have imperfect days. When that happens, we have to reach for something beyond our own understanding to push ourselves forward.

February 2015 Log

DateTimeDistance (Miles)Pace (Time / Minutes)
2/1/1532m 23s1.5820m 25s
2/2/1554m 8s2.5521m 12s
2/4/1510m 11s.5817m 33s
2/5/1554m 33s2.5221m 34s
2/7/1539m 56s1.7822m 23s
2/9/1559m 22s2.5323m 24s
2/12/1555m 10s 2.5721m 25s
2/13/1536m 4s1.5423m 25s
2/14/1523m 6s1.0422m 8s
2/17/1555m 24s2.5221m 55s
2/22/1540m 09s1.6823m 52s
2/24/1551m 22s2.222m 56s
2/26/1543m 29s1.823m 51s
February brings challenges but I'm up for them.

 

 

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