I went running this morning and thought it was not going to be a good run, or at least might not be a good run. My legs were feeling tired but I wanted to get in at least 9 miles. The first mile felt hard, I thought I might have to do a little bit of walking. I stopped a few times and the second mile was still hard but not quite as bad. I decided I'd run through the 3rd and 4th miles without stopping. As I ran past 4.5 miles I went one more mile, going a little bit faster until I turned around, and then kept on going faster and faster until the 11th mile was a 6:42 pace - much faster than the first mile which was a 10:00 pace. I had no expectations that it would be good, but I just decided to try to finish the miles and see what happened.
And it turned out a lot better than I thought it would.
For this time, and every other time something like this happened I am extremely grateful!