"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
Training for the Bellingham Bay Half Marathon continues! And it’s been toastier than I’m used to for the late afternoon runs. Monday nearly did me in… With sweat streaming down my back, into my eyes, and dampening my curly locks – it’s an aspect of summer that I’d forgotten about. That or last summer wasn’t very warm.
Now you might be all smart and suggest that I beat the heat by running in the mornings instead. But we’ve discussed my inability to function in any great capacity before 10 am. My coworkers even know this and avoid asking me anything complicated until after lunch time. Any such attempt at a morning run would find me in a dead sleep on the concrete sidewalk about a mile from my house. Besides, running in 80 degrees with humidity is a good challenge. Yes, all you across the U.S. with your heat waves – 80 degrees has us poor Washingtonians just about melting off the sidewalk when we run. You may commence your laughter and jeering now. Thanks for that…
Anyway, I’m learning that there really are good days and bad days when it comes to pursuing goals. Monday was a bad one for running, it was rough. And Tuesday I was so sore I could barely walk up and down stairs. Some days you can’t catch your breath, no matter how much you slow your pace. The gasping, the dragging of feet, the joint pain – it’s an uphill battle with each step. Some days the heat makes you dizzy, nauseous, and your stomach feels like it’s caving in on itself. Or the rain makes you want to run inside a find the fuzziest blanket to curl up in.
But the good days are worth it all. The days that you feel powerful with every stride, when your lungs feel full of life instead of plain ol’ oxygen, you move with the strength and precision of a well-oiled machine, and you finish your route to find that you’ve improved your run time by a whole minute. Those days are the reason I still run and push through the other days. So here we go for another round and it’s going to be awesome!
What have you guys been challenging yourselves with lately? And how do you push through the rough days?