I had a hard run today. First, I still have this nagging cold and had very low motivation. But I forced myself
My decision: Get her dressed and we headed out the door to check out some roads nearby. There is a nice neighborhood that has safer roadways so I thought I could just drive around the corner to run there. Running on my street is now completely out of the question and I probably would have the same mindset if it was just me....let alone me with a jogging stroller. It is curvy, no shoulders, and quite busy with fast moving cars.
I thought my plan was solid until I got into the neighborhood that had no parking signs everywhere. Wow! No parking here huh....unless I parked in someone's driveway. Not an option....yet.....I will be talking to a co-worker/friend to confirm where she lives in this neighborhood and ask permission to park in her drive next time.
But for today, I drove over 6 miles to a road I could run on and got darling daughter set up in the jogging stroller with her snack. She was still complaining and unhappy but I kept going. Within 10 minutes she was zonked out....and I added a bit more to my run just 2 miles or so. But the run was hard....really hard....I felt heavy and sluggish and was huffing and puffing at times. I tried to not get too hard on myself with my performance as I have run these hills with darling daughter in the past with a better pace and lower RPE. Eventually logic took over. I am still running. I am getting it done. And hills at elevation with a jogging stroller can be tough....and it can be great training for the next marathon at sea level....right?
And yes, the cat is out of the bag. I am already registered for marathon #2! And even though my sluggish wee little run today had me questioning my capabilities for a bit today I have to remember, my daughter is growing and gaining weight....as she should be. I didn't run with her much at the end of my marathon #1 training so I am adding in more resistance into my runs.....and I am glad. It really does make me a better runner but if Dorothy can get faster and faster in her jogging stroller runs....so can I! (Although, I don't think I will ever be as speedy as Dorothy and you know what, that is okay as long as I am the best me I can be!)
Run Stats: 10% incline for 0.84 miles with overall pace of 13'46" (yuck) and hilly jogging stroller run for 2.98 miles with overall pace of 11'27".
More gratitude for the day:
- I am grateful for those of you who are reading my second post of the day.
- For having a run that compelled me to share how we can't always be so hard on ourselves.
- For getting it done.
- For fellow bloggers who inspire me, make me laugh, make me cry, make me remember we are all strong and human!
- For girls' nights that let me postpone making dinner so I can blog!