LRM Miles Trained To Date: 374
Days Until First Marathon: 21
My husband sprung it on me this morning that he'd need to go into work again today. That meant, basically, that I could do my run any time throughout the day. Since he wouldn't be here, I wouldn't need to worry about getting it out of the way so as to be able to spend time with him. So, we decided to go to brunch at IHOP. I could run in the afternoon when my food settled.
As we were waiting for a table, we were surrounded by many people. Some would come in and see the group and then turn and leave whilst mumbling obscenities. Some would come in, register their name, and step outside and smoke (which we could smell). Some would come in, register their name, and sit right down (immediately after smoking). This made me recognize that the main circle of people in my life are all non-smokers, and I am very thankful for them - and the fact they they do not smell like the folks that came in. Some of these people were rather large and could hardly move forward (and by rather large I mean morbidly obese). That made me feel sorry for them; not only do they have a life-shortening habit, but they also must not be able to get out and see and do everything that I can. That alone is motivation for me. I sat right there in the IHOP waiting area and resolved to continue to try to do everything possible to NOT become like those unfortunate ones. I am thankful to not have a scowlful face (not usually, anyway).
So, after some reality TV and the settling of the food, I went out for my 6-mile run. I went on my "country highway" path, 3 miles out and 3 miles back. I went a bit fast, but it was a beautiful day and, as I said, I was thankful to be "able."
Mile 1: 11:09
Mile 2: 11:13
Mile 3: 11:38
Mile 4: 11:44
Mile 5: 11:42
Mile 6: 12:11
Average: 11:37 per mile, 166 beats per minute