Day 83: #Running through #WillowPark blaring @PaulBrandt #IWasThere

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

This time last year we were gearing up for the #WJC2012, so I thought it was only fitting that I run with Paul Brandt tonight. I would not be lying to you if I said I played, “I Was There” on repeat for at least three times. Never. Gets. Old.

Though the song is terrific to get your blood going, I just didn’t have it in me to push hard this evening. I only had five hours of interrupted sleep last night, which isn’t an excuse but a damn good reason I couldn’t lift my legs (I know it’s mostly mental) And I also know some of you can function on less than that, but I ain’t one of them! And it goes without saying that when I have these kind of days and see a slower pace like the one  tonight, it’s disappointing. Like anyone who works hard, it’s discouraging to have such a fantastic run one day and not the next.

To put into perspective for you, my pace was so comfortable that I barely sweat this evening (unusual for me); it was somewhere between 6:30 and 6:50 for the entire run. I’d love to blame icy roads, snow, bad drivers, wrong socks, not enough fluids or whatever else I can come up with that would result in my slow pace. But I’m just not that into making excuses. Today wasn’t my best performance and that’s okay. But I had a truly enjoyable run. It reminded me of why I actually get out and do it: I love running (which is something that not too long ago I had forgotten). So I’d also like to remind my friends out there that it’s okay to have crappy days; you cannot have personal bests every day. Whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for years – just make sure you try again tomorrow!

Oh and a serious word of caution to any of my Willow Park running pals: the sidewalks were absolutely treacherous! We’ve had temperatures warm enough to start melting the ice during the day but at night, when it drops below zero it takes no time for the ice to creep back. Sigh.

We had a busy decking the halls for Christmas, so by the time I hit the pavement for my run this evening I was really ready to see some Christmas lights. I wasn’t disappointed and really enjoyed all of the lights people have out (though I must admit I wonder about some of them). For example, one place literally looked like guy threw the lights onto the tree and just plugged them in and went on with his day. I laughed. Probably something I would have done today if I had to put lights up outside.

Oh, and it looks like my dads not the only one with a soft spot for Frosty. Running through my ‘hood, I quickly snapped this picture of a house that was sporting one vintage Frosty the Snowman and also Santa Claus. They had no other lights on their house. Just these two old creepy lawn ornaments.

I also quickly snapped a picture of the gigantic Christmas tree at the end of Wilderness Dr. The tree is bigger than the one we used to put up in the village where I grew up. I was in awe. Truly, the photo doesn’t even do it justice. I was really far back because I didn’t want to weird anyone out. I know. It is so weird to take random pictures, but if I didn’t I’d have nothing to share with you tonight!

I feel like this winter will bring it’s best game this year.

Here are tonights stats: 

  • Distance: 4:03 km
  • Time: 26:46
  • Pace: 6:39
  • Best Pace: 5:24

Anyway, that’s it from Willow Park! Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

P.S: Don’t forget to check out my Bust A Move page. Every cent counts – literally. 

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