A brief moment
I checked back again in a bit and it was still there and I could see the sun shining of the leaves of the trees. This time I got to my knees to get a better look. Is this for real? Could this be the break in the weather that I’ve been waiting for all weekend? Am I really going to be able to get out and train like I’ve been meaning too all weekend? After a little more time had passed I was convinced that there was going to be a long enough break in the weather to get my long run in. I had a banana and changed as I got ready to head out. I was a little nervous because I’d had a bigger breakfast earlier when the weather had been crappy and I was convinced that it would be many hours before I was able to get out if at all. The plan was 10 miles. I decided to take the iPod, strapped on my watch and I was out the door.
The first 20 minutes were shear bliss. The sun was starting to really break through the clouds and it felt great. I was starting to wonder could this really hold up and why hadn’t I brought my sunglasses. The answer to both came only a few miles into my run as the clouds did overtake the sun once again. Almost like clockwork the sun departed and my stomach worries returned. I felt like I was carrying a brick in the pit of my stomach and it was a constant reminder of my earlier stupidity. After a bit of water at mile 7 my stomach pains eased a bit as I pushed towards the end. I picked up the pace over the last couple miles including the two hills that awaited me before the finish.
I came around the last bend that is slightly downhill feeling as if it was a race. It hadn’t been an easy run, but I was done and that’s all that mattered. I grabbed some more water and sucked down a Gu before walking back to my apartment. The walk back was quite and peaceful as I had turned off the music. I was tired, but yet content with my efforts and smiled most of the way home. The sun may have left the sky but I was still beaming. It wasn’t the fastest or greatest run that I’ve ever had but I finished and some days that’s all that matters…
Quote of the Day: Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill