I DID IT!!!
And I tell you - it felt WONDERFUL to be out there.
I made a little deal with myself before I headed out the door.
ME: "He self, since we are really going to go out and do this -"
SELF: "Whoa whoa whoa there missy. You mean this is not a joke. You are NOT going back to bed?"
ME: " - well no. I am not actually. We need to get in 4, and a good quality 4 at that. So ANYHOW - as I was saying... since we are going to do this, I will make you a deal."
SELF: " Uuuummm... what is it?"
ME: "Well. We will start out slow, and we can walk UP the really steep hills to conserve enrgy. BUT That is the only time we are walking, ok? I mean it this time. Do we have a deal?"
SELF:"Well... OK. Oh! But what is we get cramps and pains or we get out of breath?"
ME:"No deal. We have to learn to PUSH THROUGH IT. OK?
SELF:" Oh, alright."
ME:" OK. So.. let's get this done already!"
SELF:" OK. See you back home!"
Yep. So I did it.
Mile 1 - 12:45. Slow steady pace, no walking at all (no major steep hills.) But this time I did not PUSH myself up hill.. I just kept my effort nice and easy.
Mile 2- 12:55. Saw 2 rabbits, 1 HUGE groundhog, a some bullfrogs, tons of birds, and a chipmunk that thought he was a bird, crossing a powerline with a twig. Awwwwwwww. How cute is nature in the morning? I mean seriously! Kept my pace teady and walked up the teepet portion of the hill. It was a loooong hill.
Mile 3- 13:24. This mile has some MAJOR hillage, so I made sure to keep my pace steady and slow on the down-hill (I do not need to aggrevate my knee!) and walk up the hills as well. I had to walk through a light as well on this mile, hence the 13:00 time.
Mile 4 - BRINGING IT HOME IN 11:46!! This smile actually had 2 steep hills, and by far the steepest of any mile. Why the shorter time though? I figured it was my last mile, so I pushed hard. I made it to the first hill in a little over 10:00/mile pace. I still walked up the two hills - but I really pushed myself on the flats.
And the best part is I felt like I could have done a lot more than what I did. That feels wonderful. I am sweaty. I am feeling good. Heck - I am feeling GREAT.
OK, well off to shower and then head into work! I love accomplishing all of this before the day starts.
I hope that you all ahve a wonderful Thursday!