This past Saturday, Josh and I set out to put some miles in on the track. It was lightly raining, but we had checked the radar and it looked we had a window before the heavy rain got to us. During our break after our first set, I commented about how the rain felt good because it was light enough to have a nice cooling effect. A couple of laps into our second set the rain picked up and as Josh passes me he says, “You had to say something.” In spite of the rain falling harder, we ran on. I didn’t really want to, but I knew I needed to. Our goal was to do three to four sets. By the end of the second set all my clothes were completely soaked. The rain had let up, but the damage was done. After a short break, we started our third set. About halfway through the set, my legs started letting me know they were tired. So at this point I was completely soaked and getting tired. When I finished four of the eight laps I started telling myself I was over halfway done just keep going. When I got to lap six I started telling myself I only had one more part of the set left. On my last lap when I got to the last fast running part of the set I told myself, “This is it. This is all you have left then you get a break.” I fought against everything my body was telling me. When the workout was over, I had put in nine miles worth of work, which is a lot for me. I had run 3.75 miles of it at a 7:30/mile pace, which is way faster than I typically run. When I set out that morning I had no plans of running nine miles. I was thinking two or three would have been enough. Needless to say, I was pretty happy with the results of my workout.
There will be times in life when you are hustling towards your goals and then the storm comes and you feel like giving up. It’s inevitable. When they do, keep on trucking. Don’t give up and the results will amaze you.
until next time…
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