Hello!! The theme of today is RED. Yep, its been pretty much a red letter day :-) I woke up this morning to a wonderful winter snowstorm.....so not conducive to the 15 miler on the books!! I lingered over breakfast and coffee (banana almond oat bran...mmmmm!) and played on facebook, willing the snow away. No such luck. Grumbling to the husband, I plotted out a 5 mile route with the lofty intention to run it 3 times, I prefaced my run with
I dont wanna.
I'm probably just going to run two loops and call it a day.
If you see me in 20 minutes, dont be surprised."
Way to be awesome, Rae. I very grudgingly layered up with my tights, over shorts, 3 layers on top, ear covers, RED gloves, and off I went.
The first 5 miles rocked my face off. I give credit to my excellent playlist, great breakfast, and sure pace (trying so hard to keep it to 9:00 miles!! (overall goal of run 9:10-9:30 pace). I also credit this:
I began loop two with another beautiful RED treat:
The unfortunate answer? I WOULD. And that pushes me more than any coach ever could. I rounded out loop 2 with my arsenal of mental tricks that Ive learned during ironman training. Now, here was the big question: do we go for a hat trick or leave the two loops as it is? I took a deep breath.
OF COURSE WE DO IT!!
I took a slug of water and trekked on. It was time to pull out another RED friend....metaphorically, I put on my rose colored glasses with memories of miles 1-8 and willed my last 3rd to be the same, sweet, somewhat effortless gait. And it (sort of) worked!! While the last loop wasn't nearly as fast or as easy, and I nearly fell over due to winds at times, i finished the run strong and triumphantly headed home.
Distance: 15.06 miles
Its a red letter day, folks. As Edison once said, "Success is 99% inspiration and 1% perspiration". I disagree, Mr. Edison. I think we need to flip that one around! :-)