Due to inclement weather last week, I was unable to go for my long run over the weekend. I can do some shorter runs on the dreadmill, but nothing more than 3 or so miles.
So this Saturday it felt wonderful to slip into my running shoes and take off for a nearly 5-miler. The weather was gorgeous and it felt more like early April than February. Since it’ a holiday weekend, Colonial Williamsburg was packed full of people which made for good people-watching but an excessive amount of people-dodging (and carriage-dodging) as well!
I hadn’t been running in awhile and wasn’t feeling very confident, but after the halfway point I allowed myself to stop after every block if I wasn’t feeling it. Sure enough, giving myself permission to stop and walk helped me push through the wall and finish the run without stopping. It’s some weird psychological thing that I read about when I started working out and running, where if you grant yourself permission to quit, you usually end up pushing further than you would have without that permission.
A great run that gave me a lot of confidence that I can make it the full 13.1.
(image via virginiabornandbred)