Back on Track

I don’t know if it’s because it’s 30 degrees cooler today, or if I was blowing off the week of frustration, or if it’s because I’m excited about some plans me and my friend Michele have got cooking, or if it was all the whole grains I’ve eaten the past couple of days, but SOMETHING got my ass in gear today. I just finished a fantastic five miles and beat my old PR by more than three minutes. IT FELT GREAT!

And seriously, thank all you guys so much for your encouragement after yesterday’s post. EZEthan’s comment rang so, so very true. I DO need to realign my expectations. I’ve only been running for nine months, and I’m trying to compare myself to you guys who have been running forever. Stupid, I know. That’s just my competitive nature coming out. I always feel like I have to be the best at what I do. And if I’m not, I quit because I can’t stand to be outdone. I’ve been plagued with this for as long as I can remember. But I’ve fallen in love with the sport of running, and I REFUSE to quit. So I’ll just keep plodding along, faster than some and slower than some, and loving every second of it.

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6 thoughts on “Back on Track

  1. Hi Pam,
    I am so glad that you are back on track!! Nice job on your five miler…way to PR:) It has been so long since I have had a PR!?! Don't worry, I will not throw myself a pity party!! I am so proud of you for keeping positive! You are going to have a great running season:)

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  2. Hi! Just wanted to say that I have recently joined the 30 party. Woohooooo!

    Also, let me tell you that I totally understand your frustrations from the previous post but also your elation from this one! Running for me is about ups and downs. You have great days and sucky days. But the best part about it is that as long as you keep running, you'll always get better (unless you overtrain). It took me about a year of running before I mustered up the courage to enter a race, and another year to do a marathon. Plus I have been doing this for four years now and am still not yet satisfied with my times. You will just have to trust running to support you in the best possible way…because it will always be there for you when you are feeling down!

    Anyway, good luck with your half marathon. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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