On this fine rest day I want to brag a little about how far I have come running-wise!
The top picture is the second run I ever did with a bunch of walking breaks.
The middle picture is the first run I did on my current route.
The last picture is from yesterday; this was my slow, easy run.
I have gone from walk/run intervals to just straight up running the whole time. Yeah, it looks like it took me three years to lower my pace by 6:27 min but that is solely due to my inconsistency:
- In 2013 I ran/walked 32 times
- In 2014 I ran/walked 37 times (yay for somewhat improvement!)
- In 2015, so far, I have ran 38 times
Any and all progress I have made has happened in the last two months.
I finally learned that instead of pursuing a significantly faster time each run I need to make sure that I can comfortably run/breathe during each go. Taking the time to enjoy the experience has given me better times in nearly every run.
I love running so much now and the peace that it gives me but I am mostly happy to see that if I take my time and learn to love the process I will be rewarded.
Put in the work and you will get results.