That happens to be a favorite book of mine, but today it took on a new meaning.
I went for my walk today, planning on breaking my speed record of 16:30/mi. It started out great, the kids were happy, it's a beautiful 50 degrees, couldn't have picked a better day. I turned on runkeeper and looked at the gps strength...Nothing, just an x. Well, this has happened before, usually I just have to start it again and problem solve. Re-started...nothing, still and x. Re-start again, nothing. Finally on the third re-start I got the green spot, I'm good to go. Now, I should have known starting off that way something was bound to keep me from my goal. I should have known. As I turned the corner of my first quarter mile, the wind picks up. Here's a little confession: not having ever really been a runner, and the few times I did run being always on a treadmill, I never understood why runners complained about wind slowing their time. My brother and sisters ran track and any time the wind coincided with a track meet they were angry, the goals they had set for the day were going to be impossible to achieve.
With all the background I should have known. I should have known, especially since I was not only running by myself, but I was pushing a double jogging stroller. I started out at a steady 16:30 but as the wind picked up, my pace dropped to 17:30, then 17:45. I was so disappointed, not only was I not going to break my record but I was worse than I had been since I began. My pace was so slow, maybe I should just give up and go home, maybe I was done for the day. Then I rounded the corner, the sun shone bright and, typical to local weather, the wind stopped. Not decreased, not became a breeze, it stopped, dead still.
There was a new hope, no wind! So I dared to try something new. I had to cut quite a bit of time to make my goal. I hadn't run with the jogging stroller yet and I wasn't sure I could do it. I only went in little spurts, about a minute each, but I did it. I ran three times before the two miles were up and dropped my pace down to the lowest it had ever been 16:04! It was amazing. I went from what I was sure would be my worst pace ever to the best. A good day.