I heard something the other day that I really needed to hear. It was, and I’m paraphrasing, that you need to be patient in training. You won’t just be great overnight. It takes time and consistent effort to get better. This is so hard for me. I want to see results right away. When I look at the clock and see that my pace is only a 17 or even 18 min/mile when I desperately want it to be at 15, 14 or even 13, it is very discouraging. And then the thoughts start. I will never get faster. I should just give up because at this rate I will never finish a marathon or a long distance triathlon before the cut off. I forget that just a month ago I couldn’t even run three miles. And I was running at a 20 min/mile pace. So, I am improving….even if it is slower than I’d like. And giving up sure isn’t going to make me any faster at all. I just need to consistently work at it. And it will happen.
On a brighter note, Wrigley and I found a new fun place to run this morning. On Gayle’s suggestion, we headed down the dirt road at the end of our development where they have begun clearing for a brand new development. All that is there now is a bunch of dirt roads and trails. We had a great time exploring them. Saw some deer tracks and some unidentified “very large feet” tracks. Since we’ve had a few days of rain, there were some puddles to slog through. My shoes and pants are muddy and Wrigley’s feet and nose needed a good cleaning before he could come in the house, but it was well worth it. I think we will continue to spend some time exploring other trails down that way on future runs. Thanks Gayle!
Sometimes it’s good to blaze a new trail and run off the beaten path. It can give you a new appreciation for nature. Don’t forget to tell someone where you’ve gone and make sure you have a cell phone and some form of identification. The Road ID is a great way to carry your ID without having to figure out where to put it. You can also go to your local Army/Navy store and get a dog tag made very inexpensively. It’s easy to just put on and forget about.
Have a great run, walk, bike or swim today! In the meantime, I’m still tri-in