It’s summer again, and I finally have time to reevaluate my life and my goals (my New Year’s Resolutions are always made around this of the year). Anyway, my primary goal has been to get in the best shape of my life. Today I almost cried at the highlights of my workout: 20 girl push-ups, 70 lunges, and 2- 1 minute wall squats. I couldn’t even do 2 girl push-ups two months ago (pathetic I know)!
Anyway, that said, I have been running about 4 miles a day with a time range of anywhere from 8-9:00 minutes per mile, not spectacular, but freaking fantastic for me. Today I decided to go running with a friend who just began her running regimen 3 days ago. As we circled the park, I could tell I was pacing her way too fast and she was burning out by mile 1, so we decided on two miles with a few 1:00 minute walk intervals. We ended up averaging a 12:24 mile, but I couldn’t help but feel so proud of her and her accomplishment. I can remember just a couple months back when I was in that very boat, and I told her this, where I couldn’t even make it to the mile mark without tuckering out. It’s amazing, though, how fast your body (and your lungs) acclimate, and I assured her that in two weeks time she’ll likely make that whole two miles without any walk rest periods. She commented on how thankful she was that I was willing to ask her how she was doing along the way, stop for her, and encourage her onward toward our running endpoint. Afterward we walked another 4 miles to a coffee shop wherein we talked and enjoyed ourselves for the first time in a long time. When we finally made it back to the cars it seemed so clear to me, life is just like running. It’s not always about being the fastest, sometimes you need to take breaks, oftentimes it’s about enjoying who you’re running with, and most importantly it’s about encouraging one another onward. Throughout she kept urging me to leave her behind and just run ahead, “Nope, I am here to pace you. I am here to do this with you,” I told her. If I would have run ahead, I would have missed out on so much during our run today. I’m glad I didn’t.