"Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality."
It's all about perception really...Uhuh! First, I put away the training plan geared towards running a half in 2:15. Next, I printed out the schedule for running it in 2:30. Last week, it took me 1:30 to run 10K, so I needed to be a little more realistic. Last week, I ran my first 3K tempo run and had to take a short walk break after 1.5K in order to run at the suggested speed. I was disappointed and a little bit in pain...so I didn't enjoy my run and I was complaining about how incredibly difficult this all was gearing up to be.
Fast forward to this week and one AHA moment smarter. I ran my first 3K tempo run with the new program today and I didn't have to stop...hell I think I sprouted me some little itty bitty wings :) I "felt" like I was floating along...I was smiling and feeling so damn proud of myself. Those itty bitty wings are gonna grow bigger and stronger with time, I just know it :)
Another thing I wanted to talk about today...Uber hubby was an athlete, he played University hockey and was always the star center on his teams. Awards galore! The reason we lived in Switzerland for four years was because he coached hockey there. The reason I am mentioning all this is that when I started running, I was doing it mainly to increase my lung capacity in the hopes of one day getting off prednisone (see side bar: 80 days without prednisone tomorrow - wootwoot!).
Strangely, it had never occured to me that running might perhaps be something that I could share with my husband. He wasn't running anymore, though about 15 years ago he ran a decent half-marathon, so I hadn't factored that in. When I started running in early September 2009, he decided to join me once a week for a run...we both enjoyed it and it quickly became an important weekly "date". He's happy to be running again and realizing that he's still got it :)...although he's more than happy to hold back so that we can run together for most of the run (he does do little extra detours once in a while :)).
Today, when he got home from school (he's a teacher) I mentioned that I was going to do a 3K tempo run and he was clearly happy to join me. Now, he is planning on doing the half-marathon with me in Ottawa in May. Running has become something not only for me, but for the two of us. How cool is that!