If you know me at all, you know that I’m not that girl who can just throw on her sneakers and race out the door to complete a 5-mile run. 5 miles??! Absolutely not. I’m not saying that I’ll never get there, but I know I’m not there yet. My 1-3 mile runs every other day are even a challenge at times. They take hard work. They take will power (both physically and mentally). They take motivation.
Late this afternoon I ventured out on a run around my neighborhood. The weather was beautiful–sunny skies and the temperature in the mid-70′s. I set out to complete 2 miles, but within a few minutes of starting, I knew that just wasn’t happening today. I pushed through and completed about a mile and a half at just over a 10 minute pace. I struggled for some reason, though. The wind was blowing stronger than I initially thought, and I felt like the air kept going straight into my lungs–making them have to work twice as hard.
Initially–during, and after completing my run, I was feeling disappointed. I thought to myself, “This is not the progress I would like to see.” “I want to run faster; I want to run longer distances.” Seconds into having these thoughts, however, I stopped myself.
One sub-par run isn’t failure. In fact, it shouldn’t even be considered “a bad run.” Every run is just that– a run. I finally reminded myself that there are millions of people in the world today that aren’t running at all (or doing any form of exercise for that matter). There are plenty of people who are unable to run, or who just aren’t motivated to run. There are plenty of people who didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful weather like I did today.
It’s up to you to make every run count–even the ones that you might not consider to be your best! <3