It is a glorious day for running. Cool, but not cold, blue sky and quiet on the roads. My daughter is still sick and EXTREMELY whiny, so I must admit, I was anxious to get out of the house for a bit this morning and enjoy some solitude.
After a good stretch (one that I really needed as I found myself quite sore from yesterday's Zumba workout) and a brisk 5 minute walk, I was off and running. Ninety seconds flew by and I began my two minute walk. At this point, 2 dogs from the neighborhood behind mine approached me and one was sniffing in areas I'd rather he hadn't. The owner was outside and yelled to me, "Don't worry, they're nice dogs. They won't bite." First of all, I don't care...sorry if you're a dog lover out there, but your dogs should be trained to leave strangers passing by alone or else they should be kept on leashes. Second, I usually get at least a dinner and movie before anyone gets this far with me, so I was not appreciating this encounter. Finally he called them off and I moved along, albeit, feeling just a little dirty.
The rest of the intervals came and went without incident. Mia was playing some great music today and she was really encouraging me to pick up the pace at the end. I did, but I sure was feeling it. I am trying not to get too ahead of myself here, but I have to admit, when I read ahead on the plan I start to get pretty nervous. I know I need to take it one day at a time, but it's still hard for me to imagine running 3 + miles without stopping. This self-doubt still creeps in despite the fact that I haven't felt this good about myself in a long time. I believe in the program though, so I have to focus on where I am today and look forward to gaining new confidence in myself once I succeed at the next plateau. My attitude and will to succeed are the keys that will get me to my goal, so I'll keep saying it and saying until I reach the finish line: I CAN DO IT!