Last night presented the first mental challenge of this plan, and we’re only two days in! Mind, work with me here.
I’m not going to lie, part of me didn’t want to change out of my cute work-day outfit and sweat. Part of me wanted to put off the tempo run and do it this morning, instead. Since I typically work out in the morning, and started yesterday with a fun yoga class, I could not find my motivation anywhere. I wanted to walk around in the park, read outside in the sunshine, or relax on the couch. Gah!
But, I didn’t do any of those things. I pulled the card that always works: you never regret a run, you’ll feel better afterward. I also pulled the wardrobe-card: I had yet to break this shirt in. How inappropriate! I do run and heart DC.
C’mon shirt, let’s get out there and run.
The My Plan read “5 miles, Tempo 3 @ 7:20”. Honestly, if that had not been typed and thought up by my own brain, I would’ve said “eh, 7:30s or 40s will be okay today, my legs feel a little tired”. But I wrote that, I know what I’m capable of, and there were no excuses. Legs, we have to at least try!
Warm-up (8:38) – 7:11, 7:15, 7:20 – Cool-down (8:20)
That first Tempo-mile was slightly downhill for the first half or so; I also just need to learn how to keep it down a little bit at the beginning so i have energy at the end. I can do this on every other run, why not the tempo?! WHY, TEMPO?
The second mile felt perfect, and the third felt a little too hard. Lesson learned!
I think the shirt had something to do with it – I kept smiling about what it said. Heh.
Have you grabbed any new running/workout gear lately? I hate to admit it, but retail therapy apparently works a little magic in all areas of life! I’ve had this shirt for a few weeks (Amanda designed them for the National Half!); and it was perfect to wait until I need that extra little boost (or, you know, wait until it was warm enough to sport it).
Updated to add: I have no idea where my Custom Header went…Help?? It’s still in my CSS code, but not showing up. So fun.