I had another “moment” this evening. See, I planned from the niggt before to run a short 5k but when five o’clock came I really didn’t feel up to going. I’m glad I didn’t listen to that negativity! I forced myself to change and found a route, which was less than a 5k but I improvised.
I stretched and warmed up by brisk walking then got into my run. During, I noticed that while my body seemed prepared to endure the run my breathing seemed…shallow (for lack of a better terminology). It was as if I couldn’t take in enough air. Either that or I wasn’t paying attention to regulating my breathing patterns. So I stopped a couple of times and brisk walked. I kept telling myself that I’m not here to push myself beyond what I could honestly do, however, I pushed myself past my comfort pace and tried running in the 9 minute mile range.
It wasn’t until I was nearing the 5k mark when I felt a deep sense of freedom and joy. I’d truly missed those alone runs, but more so that I knew I was improving albeit slowly but still improving. Today, I did exceed my past 5k personal best by finishing in a time of 32:16. I was joyful.
There’s something to be said about getting out and exercising, whether it be run in, cycling, swimming etc. Do what you love or try something new.
I really enjoyed today.