Thank you so much for all of the pets and encouragements yesterday. I think that most of the problem yesterday was that I was in the wrong frame of mind. Instead of an early morning run, I tried to do it on my lunch break on the track at work. I walk on that track all of the time, but I've never run it. I think I felt self conscious.
This morning, I started strong. I tried very hard to forget about time during the run. I just focused on breathing and heel-toe running. I tried to keep a steady rhythm. My halftime reminder came as a surprise. I really feel like I'm ready for 8 minutes next time. Wish me luck.
Again, I'm so thankful for all of the encouragement from yesterday. I stole "strong legs." I'll give give it back when I'm finished with it.
PS: @5AM, I'll see you in the morning for an alternate day walk.