Its been really tough the past couple of months. I had read in "Runner" magazine that "if you don't use it,,, you lose it" within a very short time period. Which is exactly what had happened to me, my staying power was almost back to where it was when I started training in September of last year. I guess I thought I was different and didn't need to keep running that much...(sometimes I'm amazed at my ability to delude myself.., especially when it comes to working out and fitness!)
Anyway, I feel great, I did my forty minute run this morning, ending in the big hill near our house, this time it was one of those "SPLENDID" days, and I managed to run all the way to the top without stopping, this time no crumpled worms, no gasping for air (well maybe a little!) not sobbing, no fear.. I found some fast pumping, motivating rock and roll, put my head down and dug deep, and stuck to it till I made it..., and, well, I felt great, in fact I might go as far as to say, I felt quite invincible for several hours afterwards!!!
Here's a couple of great quotes from two of the all time greats...
"I always loved running - it was something you could do by yourself,
and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow
as you wanted , fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new
sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."
"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who
has the most guts."