I got out on the road at about 8:15 this morning.
Route: Deadend/Brown's Driveway/Back
Distance: 2 miles
Total time: 34.22 minutes
Pace: 17:11 minutes per mile
In zone: 22 minutes
Ave. Hr.: 121
Max. Hr: 135
Cals burned: 208
As achy as I felt last night, I felt terrific this morning. I had planned on taking the morning off because I didn't think I'd feel like getting out there. I added another rock to my flower bed. Soon I will be done with the rock border and will begin collecting stones to fill in the rest. The flower garden is my tangible testament to getting out there and putting in my time on the road. I do a little bit of sprucing up each day. Gardening is not my thing, but I love the results and in small time chunks (focusing only on the patch of road in front of me) I can reap great rewards.
I am focusing on diet again because, let's face it, you can run until you're blue in the face (literally) but if the food isn't in its place you get nowhere fast. Again, this is a matter of "focusing only on the patch of road in front of me." You will be seeing that phrase a lot from now on because it is my new mantra, if you will.
There is a lot to be said for living that way. When you focus on your own progress, you are more content in life. You learn to be grateful for what you have - you are more geared toward wanting what you have rather than looking to have everything you want.
I can't remember where I heard the saying, "you can't give away what you don't have." Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is an investment in being able to be there for others.
My aren't I deep today.
I just found the official postings for yesterday:
Anna: (5k walk) 45:57
Melisa: (8 mile) 1:20:52
Mary: (5k walk/run) 48:28