Well, if Wednesday's 6-mile run was mostly about patience, Thursday's 3-miler was definitely about toughness. As much as a 3 mile run can test one's toughness, anyway. Summer's trying to die but Thursday afternoon found me running in the mid-80's with about 85% humidity and rain. This very much reminded me of last Wednesday when I totally crashed mentally under the heavy morning air. Well, not today.
Yes, it was only 3 miles but I was determined not to slog through these miles like a half-drowned rat. I stretched pretty good and felt well at the start. The plan for today, 3 easy miles. I stayed conversational through the workout and felt good. Around the 2 mile mark, I did start to feel that familiar just-walk-for-a-little-bit voice. I remembered the lesson from last week. That voice wasn't coming from my legs, they weren't tired. It wasn't coming from my lungs, I wasn't breathing that hard. This voice was coming from my mind and heart. So, I ignored it. I maintained my pace and kept running and finished strong. How tough would I have been with additional miles at this pace/effort, I don't know. But for those 3, I was happy.
Total miles - 3.0
Total time - 40:48
Mile 1 - 13:35
Mile 2 - 13:41
Mile 3 - 13:31
Average pace - 13:36
Now, off to Strider volunteer duties.