Sunday, March 20, 2011

What I Learned this Week

After last week's misery I can tell you I have accomplished a lot this week. Aside from the sore knees both four mile runs and the six mile run were FANTABULOUS!!!

Let me start by breaking down my week for you. On Monday I went out after work with my running buddy to run our four miles and I approached that run with dread. All I could think about was the fact that I had failed miserably on Saturday and I was starting to think running should be left for the elite. After the first mile I realize that it wasn't all bad. I ran through the flooded portion of the path and felt like I was getting my 'hard core' nature back. Mile three and four felt amazing!

On Wednesday I had to squeeze in four miles again between a conference, finishing my preparation for a presentation, baking bread and cleaning my house for company the following night. I went into work at 5:30 and set out for my run at 7:00 in the morning. I was having one of those clear your head kind of runs. Nothing could get in my way. The streets were empty, the people I passed along the way were friendly and spirited, I felt accomplished. By the time I went to bed at one a.m. I was pleasantly surprised with all I finished during the day.

Dukie Hiking!

Yesterday my running buddy and I went out for our run. The sun was shining, the air was brisk and fresh. We ran and had some good conversations about self actualization, friendship, running and life. We enjoyed our morning. Oh and did I mention we ran six miles?

Lastly Dukie and I hit up one of my favorite Metro Parks. We hiked for miles. Dukie took a rest in the middle of the trail. While he laid there I kept thinking about how great my training had been that week and how awesome this hike was. Right then Dukie looked up at me with, what I call, his Elvis smile and I realized that remembering the bad days only make you appreciate the good days that much more!

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