After my last tempo run a few weeks ago, I was really excited. I had a good warm up, I increased my pace at preset intervals, peaked and slowly came off the pace to a cool down. Perfect in my terms.
Not in D’s.
Ever the optimist, D believes I am a much more talented runner than I think I am. He always thinks I can go faster, longer. He’s never surprised when I PR, but is always proud. He’s always first to say, “I knew you could do it,” even when I doubted. I guess it’s good to have someone like that in your corner.
So, when I finished that last tempo, he said, “that’s good, but…”
I listened to his suggestions and finally had a chance to put them to practice today. I kept the same warm up, built up faster, for longer periods, held the peak pace for a full 10 minutes, came off the pace slowly over the next 15 minutes and wrapped up with a cool down.
And you know what? It felt great. He was right. I can do more than I think. And, I’m becoming a stronger, better runner because of it.
Thanks for believing in me, D!