Fabulous day. I met T this morning, well actually she drove over to my house, for our own little 10K. lately I have been adding mileage back pretty well. However, my speed has been holding out. (Plus I was not
very at all speedy to begin with.) I used to be able to run 10 min miles in my
sleep and for shorter distances like a half or 10K would knock out 9 min
miles. Well lately even a short 5 mile
run was coming in between 10:30-12 minutes a mile. I felt like I was crawling, but I just
couldn't go faster. So I decided I would
focus on adding distance first and worry about speed later.
|The trail near my house we ran on today. Love how peaceful it is with lots of open space.|
Plus it was only 65 this morning when we ran as opposed to the 94 degree craziness two weeks ago.
Well today I really pushed it, hard. The way I used to feel when I was clocking 8 something miles on a shorter run. At the end of our 6.2 it had taken us exactly 62 minutes. Flat 10 minute miles. Was I pissed I pushed my heart out and only got down to 10 minutes? Was I mad I am so out of shape 10 minute miles feel like 7s or 8s? Heck no, I was ecstatic! It may have felt like I was running my hardest, I may have been pushing like crazy, but I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. I CAN do this! I can come back. I can keep pushing until 10 min miles are once again my relaxed long run marathon pace. I can keep pushing until my half marathon runs are all even faster than that. I can do this. Don't get me wrong, I felt like a fat kid running for that last piece of chocolate cake the whole time, it was hard, it was painful, I was busting some a**. However, a month ago I couldn't even run. So instead of being upset that I had to push that hard for what used to come so easy I'm going to celebrate the improvement. Woohoo!
|So maybe I didn't run like a fat kid to cake... Maybe it was to huevos rancheros and fresh fruit. |
After the 6.2 mile run T & I stopped at 3 Little Birds for brunch (it's always delicious).
Then we were happily full and walked 4 chill miles home. 3.5 of which T carried garage sale finds from a house along the trail. Hey, I halfheartedly offered to help.
|Loving this today:)|