The weather his time of the year makes it a bit tricky to figure out how to dress for each run, temps are all over the place. Today I got it right which was nice since I was breaking in my new kicks, I did not want any distractions!! I just love the process of buying new runnin' kicks, especially with a knowledgeable sales person, like the one I had, which was nice because a few months ago I purchased a pair of kicks under the advice of a horrible sales person, my knees immediately informed me that it was the wrong choice; so needless to say I was a bit excited to break in my kicks today.
The run was exactly what I needed, I always set a goal of 6 miles sometimes I go further, other days I'm much slower but I always cover the 6 miles, today was 6.5. I run for the peace it brings me, giving me time to collect my thoughts, put things in perspective or just to zone out. I also run to build my endurance and I’ve notice a significant difference, I average 10.5-11 minute miles and I’m good with that as I started at 15 min miles a few years back built myself back up to 11 min miles and then I sustained an injury that put me out for a month, I call that my ego driven injury. I began running again in August, taking my time and building slowly and with awareness versus attachment. I look forward to my runs, because my body seems to request them when needed; like today I had a lot of things on the to do list and no game plan.
For me any form of physical exercise allows me to put my game plan together; today on my run I mentally put things in order while running, and then had everything taken care this evening. I have a ton of reading for school and a nice run and bike ride followed by a bit of yoga relaxes me enough to sit still and read and comprehend, so I felt a real since of accomplishment this evening after getting my reading and writing assignments done in a timely manner. I try to be aware of my behaviors in potential stressful situations, so when I awoke with a sense of urgency this morning to get things done, I knew there would be no order in my day if I did not create balance first. My yoga, meditation and run did that for me today…….Oh, my new kicks helped too! ~T