Thursday, April 4, 2013

Five

Today I had another run scheduled, so I decided instead of doing the usual 3 mile jaunt that I do that I should try to go a little further.  I decided to run from the office to the house, which was going to be 4 miles or more, depending on the route I took.

I started out just like normal, except I realized that it was a bad idea to have pounded a ton of water like an hour before running.  I reached a local park by the time I had gone a half mile, and since the dialogue in my head was somewhere in the range of "OhmybabyJesus I have to peeeeeee", thought it was best to stop and use the park bathroom.  I was pissed to find the nice bathrooms were all locked, but they had a portapotty open.  Beggers can't be choosers so I ducked in, and it was actually pretty clean and did the trick.

I got back on the road and started going, and something amazing happened.  I got through the first mile and said to myself, "That actually wasn't so bad."  That has NEVER happened.  I also didn't need to take a walk break immediately after hitting the first mile, which is the first time in a long time that's happened.  I took a quick walk break at 1.40 miles, and then began running again.  And then something even more amazing happened...I didn't stop running.  I just kept going, and all the while I was thinking how great my legs felt, and how much more breath control I had than Tuesday!  I literally was waiting for the moment my body was going to scream for a walk break, and that moment never came.  It started storming, and I just kept on going.  I came to the point in my route where I was either going to have to turn and go the 4 mile route, or continue down the longer way.

I took the longer way.

I hit 4.5 miles and I was still running.  I felt thin, pretty, athletic, strong and capable of everything.  I rarely feel this way about myself in normal life, and have certainly never felt it when I was running.  My legs still felt good, though I was getting tired.  Even so, I could see my street getting ever closer, and I was STILL running.

I finished 5.1 miles in 1:05:31!!  By comparison, I did 3.66 miles in 46:31 minutes on Tuesday, so I would say that this was an improvement!  I took a picture of me all sweaty and skanked up right after my run:


I was cracking up when I saw that picture, because I forgot how awesome my hair curls the second rain water touches it.  I don't know what it is about it, but my hair loves it.  I had all kinds of curly q's around my face when I took my Bondi Band off.  Also, here is a picture of my Garmin, since you can't see it that great in the picture:


I have absolutely no idea what was different today.  I ate just about the same stuff that I normally do, I used the same amount of points.  I drank the same amount of water.  All I know is that I desperately needed a day like today to remind me of why I love running and why it's so worth it.



6 comments:

  1. It is a mystery why some runs are so much better than others, but I just try to look at them as a gift and remember on the tough runs how great the good ones feel.

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  2. Yay for you!! I have a 10k in a week and I have not gotten over 4.5 miles yet......kinda nervous!

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    1. Ah, you will do fine!! And maybe you walk some of it, so what you know? If Jeff Galloway, an Olympian, promotes the run/walk method then it's good enough for me! Which 10k is it?

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  3. Yay! Great job! I love runs like that, when it just seems effortless (or, at least, a whole heck of a lot easier than usual!). Love the picture! =)

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  4. Great job on your run!! It drives me nuts that my runs vary so much and i never know when to expect one of these kind of great runs. i love your head band!!

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