In the eighth mile, I wanted to revise my post title. It was hot. I slowed down. Running was hard. I didn't want to do anything hard after all. Last night? Yes. Right then? Not so much.
Then I saw a loose dog standing beside the road. It was a nice dog and I tried to see if there was a phone number on its tag, but it wouldn't let me get close enough.
Well, that was all the distraction that I needed. I picked up my pace and those quitter thoughts were gone.
And I started thinking... Why do I run?
- Because of the breeze I feel on my entire body as I run down the road.
- Because I like to make my body work hard.
- Because it feels good to do something I didn't think I could do.
- Because when I'm done... I smile.
During Run: Gatorade at start and every two miles.
Post-run: Strawberry Fruit Smoothie & banana bread
Today's Run: 11 Miles at 9:45/mile average pace