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: