September 21st, 2012 around 6:20pm
Total Run: 5.25mi
Total Time: 00:44:02.36
Weather: Sunny/Breezy, mid 60s.
Timed Lake Run: 00:38:06.00
Lake Distance: 4.54mi, counter-clockwise loop.
Notes: Subtle l.knee and hamstring pain at beginning of run. Sharp LUQ pain at 3mi-mark. Slight r.ankle pain at the finish. Ah, I recall outrunning some guy from RippleEffectDB after the Brotherhood Way hill.
It’s been nearly a month since I last was able to run. Fearful, was I, of breaking myself completely, that I forbade myself from running so as to be able to recover. But today, I just thought, “Screw that.” I have less than a month, and I know I’m nowhere near prepared. This isn’t a goal to become more fit; this is my goal to prove to myself that my mentality can really drive my ambitions—that I can really do anything as long as I stay focused.
After running those 5 miles, I finally felt my runner’s high again. Never before would I say “I like to run;” I used to run just because I didn’t know what else to do to workout. Now, I really do enjoy running, only because while I run, I can really fade out my stresses and just listen to and pace my breathing. While running, the only thing I’m competing against is time—every run, I strive to beat or, at least, maintain my previous times. This month, I’m really going to push myself to the limit, much more physically than mentally. I’m just praying that I won’t run myself to my end by the finale of these three weeks. I’m mentally preparing myself, for the unfortunate possibility, for this may be my final month that I’ll be physically capable of running.
On another note, SHUCKS, I want to paddle.