Happy New Year! When we headed for NC last week, I was planning to run 16 miles today to ring in the New Year. That was my plan, even though I already knew my New Year's resolution was going to be to run fewer miles but run them faster.
Well...God has a way of setting me straight when I seek to stray from His path. All week it's been unseasonably warm and humid, making pretty difficult what I expected to be a pretty easy running finish to 2015. I managed to close the year with 2015 logged miles, but it wore me out. Put simply, I just didn't have 16 miles in me after this week, even though temps dropped this morning.
I realized that was God's way of telling me that I needed to start on that New Year's resolution TODAY!
So, I left the house this morning with a plan to run 4 miles instead of 16. I decided to do the first at 9 min/mi pace, the next two at 8 min/mi, and the last at 9 min/mi.
When I hit the road, even that 9 min pace felt tough, and I started to think maybe I was a little ambitious after the week of warm weather running. However, I managed to knock it out in 8:54. When I picked it up to start mile 2, it again felt like it would be hard to keep it up.
But I pressed on, recalling that I only had to run 4 miles. I have to admit though, several times in that 2nd mile I thought about changing plans and slowing down for mile 3. When I hit the 2 mile mark, my Garmin showed I covered the ground in 7:55.
By now I was warmed up and it started feeling a little better. I actually began to think I could hit my target paces. That 3rd mile clicked by in 7:45 and it was time to slow down.
The thought crossed my mind to abandon the 9 min goal, but it was only for a second. Actually, I found it more difficult to slow down to even the 9 min pace I'd planned. The 4th mile was covered in 8:26, and my first run of the New Year was over.
So thank you Jesus for a great run to kick off this New Year! Looking forward to this fewer, faster miles thing.