"What is passion? It is surely the becoming of a person."
Passion is the wind beneath my broken wings...for it has been a difficult week. Yesterday, I ran a 5K tempo run that, based on how I felt, should have been at an amazing pace...NOT! I was tired and it was hard, I could not seem to make myself go faster. So my overall time was a good two minutes over my best 5K time last week. Then today was my running group run and we were doing a 7K steady run. I was steady all right...steadily last. Within about two minutes, everyone had passed me and I remained a good 500 meters behind the second slowest pair for the whole run. Although, around 1K before the end, one of our trainers came and ran with me...she's so sweet. She wanted to know how I was doing and telling me to just listen to my body. It made the last K go by much faster. Still, it was hard tonight and again I added two minutes onto my last weeks 7K time. Hopefully, by next week things will be back to relative normality (not loving the prednisone low).
What keeps me going you ask? You weren't even wondering were you? I'm tell you anyway :) Of course, there's more than one thing that motivates me, but one of those is surely passion...I am nothing if not passionate about running. Yes, I am determined to reach my goal, but that's because I love running, I love how it makes me feel, I love the idea of being an "athlete", I love following a training program and wearing running clothes and talking about running and reading about running and well...I think you get the picture. I am passionate about running...so even though I'm having a tough week, the idea of not running is not an option that I consider. I knew I would be slower (hard to believe that is even possible)...but, I did it and I'm proud that I did it. Saturday, I have 18K planned, my longest run so far...so please, send lots of energy vibes my way!
Have a great weekend everyone!