Monday March 27th – Three miles. Tonight’s run was good. Of course as usual when I run on the treadmill I hit about two miles and feel like I want to be done. Luckily, when I’m only going for three I can tell myself it’s just one more mile. I’ve done a lot of reading about running and training and my belief in positive self talk has only been further confirmed. I decided my mantra for the next twelve weeks is going to be, “I get to run!” It’s safe to say there isn’t a single time I walk to or from the gym, or to the park to run, that I don’t see someone who doesn’t have the physical ability to run. I feel guilty comparing myself and I’m sure they wouldn’t want that, but I can’t help but say a silent prayer of gratitude for the healthy body I have. I think if I focus on thinking and saying, “I get to run x miles” instead of “have to” it will help my attitude, desire, and even performance. I feel especially grateful when I get to run in Central Park. It’s hard for me to imagine a more beautiful, more inspiring place to run. I wish every runner could experience a run in the Park on a spring day when everything is blooming and everyone is outside enjoying it. There is an undeniable energy that just makes you grateful to be there.