Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sometimes the best part of a run is when it's OVER

I woke up this morning to a foggy, overcast day with light drizzle. I was planning to run the NYRR Father's Day 5 Mi, until I learned that I had forgotten to register. Either way - I was planning to run this morning. I finally dragged myself out of the house, and endured a miserable run, just under 5 miles - pretty much my usual route in Riverdale. The humidity was so awful, it felt like I was running through wet rags. I couldn't catch my breath, and was dripping in sweat.

I wouldn't say that it was the best run of my life - but I persevered. I had all sorts of negative thoughts running through my mind, including, "Why the hell am I doing this?" "I really suck" "Why am I thinking that I can actually run a marathon" - but put all of it aside, and kept on going.

Finally, I got back home - and as I was riding up the elevator to my apartment - I finally was able to smile to myself and think, "It was a truly miserable day - but I got out there and ran" and finally was able to feel good about myself and what I had set out to do.

Sometimes, the best part of the run is when it's over.

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