|Gel goodness - thank you D!|
During my first semester of finals in graduate school, I went through a two week period where I couldn't run at all. I budgeted time, walked out onto the sidewalk, and that was it. I pushed with all the willpower that I had left, but my legs never started running. All I could do was walk and wonder what the heck was wrong with me. How my mental game had gotten so bad that I, a perfectly healthy individual, couldn't will my legs to run. I've gotten a lot better since that experience. I work hard NOT to stress myself during finals and to make sure that I do other things that are not school related during the day. As great an idea as it had seemed to listen to school related podcasts during my runs, I have now banished them from my running all together.
Anyway, today was a nice run. I still don't believe it's winter because the weather is much too nice, but I'll take it anyhow. I would have liked to move a little faster, but I did an all out extended sprint to make a crosswalk signal somewhere around mile 3, and the experience was much more tiring than I'd expect!