I have been loving my runs this week – the spring weather has been perfect and the mornings are getting lighter. Even the birds are chirping happily in Central Park.
Does anyone else love the sound of birds chirping in the morning? It totally puts me in a spring/summer mindset!
Tuesday I ran an easy 7.5 miles and this morning (Wednesday) was a tough 7.25 mile tempo run, much improved from last week’s tempo. When I went to upload my Garmin stats, it froze and erased everything! Luckily I remembered most of the splits:
- Mile 1: 8:55
- Mile 2: 7:55
- Mile 3: 7:45
- Mile 4: 7:36
- Mile 5: 7:49
- Mile 6: 8:40
- Mile 7: 8:35
- Mile 0.25: 8:35
I added mango to the recipe and used a whole wheat tortilla to create a mini wrap with some of the salad.
This morning’s run was all about speed and getting it done fast, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about patience. I’ve always thought I wasn’t a very patient person. I get annoyed with long lines, slow service, people that are late. But something Corey said recently has kind of made me wonder if I’m wrong. She said she admired my patience during recovery from the Achilles injury, and how I didn’t rush (that much) to get back to running too soon.
At first I was like, “Hmmm, she’s wrong. I am THE MOST IMPATIENT PERSON IN THE WORLD.”
But then I looked back at my training log and changed my mind. I think I learned through a couple tough injuries that patience is important, and even if it is completely forced (i.e., don’t you dare run today/this week, Kelly!), it’s way better than prolonging injuries.
I started looking at the bigger picture – I want to run well and pain-free for years and years! – rather than the immediate future – I want to run TOMORROW and I don’t care how much it hurts!
Even though running injuries suck no matter what, I think we let them suck more if we only look at the present (OMG I can’t run this week, this is awful!). Looking at the bigger picture really helped me see beyond the injury and focus on the things I could do to get back to running, rather than the things I couldn’t and the fact that I wasn’t running.
And like so many other things, this little lesson in patience has carried over to my non-running life as well. Putting up with “injuries” in life (job stress, illness, broken heart, tough semester) is inevitable, and they can get us down. Especially if we just focus on the present level of discontent we’re feeling. But a little patience can change your mindset and get you on the right path to “recovery” – getting a better job or working towards a different career, feeling better after an illness, healing a broken heart and finishing the semester all in one piece.
Looking at the bigger picture – what’s going to happen beyond the “injury” – and what we want to continue doing, seeing and/or feeling is what’s important, after all. And you know what they say: “Good things come to those who wait.” Right?
So even though I still may be that girl yelling at people to move in on the subway during rush hour, I think running has helped make me a more patient person in the grand scheme of things.
Question: Do you consider yourself a patient person? What has helped you become more/less patient? TELL ME NOW! (hehe).