-I Ran 9 Miles in the Cold Wind…What Did You Do Today?-
Yeah, the title of this post sounds a little cocky…so if it offends you, I challenge you to ask yourself why? Most people know that i’m far from cocky. I’m just throwin’ it out there as a means of encouraging everyone to DO SOMETHING today. I highly doubt you’re a lazy person if you are one of my loyal viewers, and I KNOW you’re not lazy if you’re in the Rippel Effect family!
So, without further ado…here’s proof that I am perhaps a bit cuckoo!
There was a pretty big excuse not to do my run today – it was 32 degrees out but felt like 26 because of the constant wind. Who wants to run on a cold, cloudy, blustery day?
I cannot lie – when I started my workout, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it. It was too late, though…I started and had to finish. I had thoughts like “I could just do the 4-mile loop” and “this really sucks!”
Know what I did with those thoughts? I transformed them into positive ones:
I CAN DO THIS!
THIS WILL MAKE ME TOUGHER!
I CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING!
IT’S ALL A MENTAL GAME!
My plan called for a 1:20 pace run, and I set my Garmin to beep with the intervals. 29 minutes into the workout, I realized I had somehow chosen the wrong workout, so the intervals were all wrong. No biggie…I just rolled with it. Pandora was being really good to me – Journey, Def Leppard, Queensryche, The Police, Chicago, Queen…good stuff! I was totally in my element despite the elements! I felt efficient, strong, and capable.
There’s a point where you’re lungs no longer burn and your runny nose doesn’t seem to bother you anymore. 🙂
So…there’s another accomplishment scratched off my eternally-growing list of things I’m capable of doing.
My first long run in the cold.
What are YOU gonna scratch off of your list?