The First Mile

Don’t Think Just Go

In the world of running the saying goes “the first mile is a liar, don’t trust it”. Today that was not true. Or maybe in the big scheme of things it was.

All four miles felt awful! The numbers said otherwise. Or at least the stats look better than the run felt.

After not running for a couple of weeks; the pace (for me) was good, real good, and I had some decent negative splits!


I wanted to quit after mile one and go home. When that happens I tend to make a change in my route so that it takes me farther away from home. I know the farther away I go the farther it will be to get back. I have no choice but to continue on or call “the man” to come pick me up….I’m not going to do that unless I’m hurt and can’t make it back under my own power! And even then, if possible, I would just walk back.

I was determined I was not going to go less than three miles (the distance of my last run) once I got close to three, I mentally started calculating my route to hit four. Had the sun come out early I might have gone five, but running in short sleeves, in Maryland, in February? That was heaven in itself.

I never did get my breathing quite right this morning and that made it so much harder. I kept telling myself to “come back to the breath” which is what we do in yoga, but I was not able to get it quite right. Hmmm. Maybe that’s a sign that I need get back to my regularly scheduled yoga practices! And considering that I’m contemplating a two-day intensive yoga training next month, I think I better do just that…..

If I want to even think about running a race this year, I need to get myself back in the game and start getting out there each week and working it! I think I’m having a bit of a hard time getting back in the swing because I’m completely on my own this year. I just need to “suck it up” and remember:

I have 11 weeks before the first race. There’s just enough time to be ready. I’ll keep you posted.

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Until the next time



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