In a recent blog post, I wrote about sowing and reaping. That there is a season of sowing and a season of reaping. I firmly know what season I am in and perfectly and happily content in just planting seeds. This is satisfying work.
Today on my first MP run of my season this thought came to mind when finishing the last 4 miles of this run. Heat was already 75-80 at 6AM with humidity at close to 90% and dewpoint of 70 all of which mean hard efforts are going be challenging. After I was sort of wheezing on & off in the first 4 miles and knew I wanted to pick the pace but wondered if I could given the conditions. Would my chest & lungs cooperate? I starting pressing pace to sub 7:30s and tried to get comfortable. Than all these positive & loving thoughts started popluating in my mind. I was thinking about the hard work I have already done this summer and how I was ready to press the pace. How I need to contiune to work hard no matter the conditions. Around mile 4-5, the pace was feeling a bit challenging but I gave myself persmission to work hard and be in the moment. Do not back off!! Than in the final two miles when I part of me wanted to back off, I started thinking what kind of seeds are you planting today??? The just survive this run kind of seeds, the just get by kind seeds or seeds that will blossom into the most amazing, beautiful, hardy plants that will withstand all of natures elements. Given those types of choices, I wanted to plant fricking hardy seeds so I pressed the pace and relaxed knowing I was doing great work this morning.
Thanks to a good friend for accompanying me for the first stretch of miles and getting me off to a great start!!
2 W/U, 7:36, 7:36, 7:35, 7:36, 7:28, 7:25, 7:25, 7:05 - 7:28 average 1 C/D