I had a great run today! I am so happy to say it because it has been a long time since I've been able to do so. I began at the same place (once again) that my race began and I followed the same route, except instead of turning around at the one mile mark, I kept running along a little one lane dirt trail that follows the coast line. It is only about .25 miles until it takes a big turn and moves steeply upward, but it was long enough for me today. When I got to that point, there was a tiny little trail about 50 feet long that led right out to the water and a huge piece of drift wood. I stopped there to take a look and stretch my calves (because let me tell you, they get so darn tight and I can't really seem to stretch enough to keep them loose) and after about 2 or 3 minutes, I was back on my way. I stopped again only for a few seconds to greet a father and his daughter that I knew and I ran back to the park. I ran the rest of the way and had no inclination or desire to stop at all. I was enjoying it and feeling really good. My journey was 32 minutes start to stop which is not great, but I did it! And for the first time in a while I am really looking forward to my next run.
I hope this keeps up and I feel like today was a major breakthrough mentally for me. Another good run or two and I will believe that I am back on track. For now, I remain cautiously optimistic and surer than I have been in a long time that I CAN DO IT!