Toilet with ferns and flamingo. I love Florida.

I had a good run today. I want to say that first because I’ve been talking about other stuff before I get to what this journal is really about. Making too big a deal of the photo I’m posting and trying to tie everything together. That’s fun and it’s a good writing exercise, I guess, but sitting down as soon as I’m out of the shower and getting my thoughts down about the run should be first and foremost.

Gear: Zante V3s, Apple watch, no music, no water bottle

Today I had to tackle two goals: one, to finish 6 moderate to hard miles, and two, to redeem myself for last Friday when I cut my run short. So both of those are the same. So just one goal. I ran 6 miles at 8:23 pace. I have to accept that 8:23 pace is moderate to hard for me right now, in this type of weather. I think it’s one of the hardest things to do as a runner, or anyone, to compare yourself to another version of yourself that might be “better,” or faster. It can be discouraging, but it can also be something to strive for. In any situation, it’s a much better idea than comparing yourself to someone else. Especially in running. Many if not most of the runners we see in magazines and even on YouTube are faster and more fit than seems imaginable. I just like to sit back and appreciate what they can do, rather than be disappointed in myself.

So yeah, it was tough today. The last mile was hard but I thought about last Friday and told myself that 4 was not good enough and 5 wasn’t either. I kind of bargained with myself after 4 miles, saying in my head, “Last Friday I did 4, today I’ll do 5, and next Friday I’ll do 6.” I pushed that voice out of my mind.

Tomorrow is 20 miles and I think I’ll do 14 on Sunday. I feel good so, might as well. I’m going to get a haircut now.

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