more yes, less no

Today was the first long run of the winter half marathon program. My group (the rockin’ 8:40 pace gang) along with others ran 7.0 miles on Beach Drive. Yesterday we had about 2 inches of snow with a nice layer of ice on top so I was worried about the conditions, but they were just fine. As I mentioned in my last post, I was worried about being a member of such a speedy group, but I wanted to try a lr to see if I could hang. And hang I did. There were times I was breathing really hard and my muscles felt like fire/freezing but I used all my will to stick with our leader. I even managed a few conversations with others in my group.

As we finished a girl in my group was feeling unsure about sticking with our pace, expressing struggle on the hills. I told her, she should stick with it and I would stick with her. It was comforting to know that I wasn’t the only one worried, but I am glad I was able to say, yes we can do this.

I want there to be more yes when it comes to running in my life. I feel so great when I put in the miles and feel that post-run tightness in my legs. I love when my hair becomes like a sweaty slurpee from the mix of frozen sweat and hair. I relish that feeling of the first few seconds in the shower when everything starts to defrost after a sub freezing jaunt. I need to say yes more and no less. Life is too short to choose no. Run. Just Run.

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