I had to rearrange the schedule a little this week to make sure I could get all my runs in when I needed to... so today, while in Davis, was my tempo run. As far as stats for the run, I sustained a marginally higher-than-my-average pace over ~2.5 miles. All good, right?
Considering my last run was 6+ miles, this one felt like it was over quickly. But that didn't stop my brain from trying to trick me into quitting sooner than I'd planned. A couple of times as I neared the end of the run, I was tempted to check my mileage and stop earlier than I'd planned, convinced I had already run far enough to meet my daily quota. And each time I had to talk myself down off that slippery slope, to run to the premeditated stopping point without removing the phone from its holder on my arm.
All in all, the mental workout of not allowing myself to quit early was more important than the physical one today. In May I'm planning to run 10x this distance. I'm training to ramp up my speed, strength, and endurance. I have to be mentally prepared to talk myself out of stopping early, because I'm sure I'll be tempted to give up plenty of times along the way. But that's no way to reach my goals.