"... and I promise you I'm doing the best I can."
I did it. I ran 10 miles for the first time since I ran in the 10-Miler about two months ago. The conditions were PERFECT.
It wasn't really raining anymore by the time I got to the trail. There was a light mist that was enough to keep me cool without drenching me. It was definitely still cloudy and a little windy, but not so windy that it was problematic. I set out at a nice even pace and enjoyed a new playlist I'd made for the ipod. I got to the 5-mile turnaround point feeling pretty good. It had stopped misting so I got a little warmer than I'd like. My clothes were soaked through with sweat... I also had to keep wiping my face with my shirt because I was so drippy.
The last couple of miles were a little bit tougher, but mostly because I think it's time to retire my shoes. They've got about 460 miles on them, and I had hoped to make them last til 500. I can tell from the aches and pains I had that I'm going to have to go on and give them up. They'll probably be ok for short runs, but I have only run in my new Brooks Adrenaline's once so I'm going to have to get busy breaking them in on the short runs. Unfortunately, I'm kind of stuck for the next week or two. I don't want to wear the old ones on my long run this weekend since I know they've had all they can take, but I also don't want to wear the new ones until I break them in to my liking. Oh well. Life goes on.
It felt really good running 10 again. A 10 mile run is kind of my happy place... it's never a problem to go do, I always feel like I get a good workout, but it's not so much that it completely wears me out like my higher mileage training runs.
AND I ran it in 1:33, which was 4 minutes faster than when I ran the race back in June. I can do a 10-miler a bit faster, but it felt good to know that I've already improved on the poor shape I was in earlier this summer when I wasn't feeling well.
I'm hoping to get back up to 12-13 this weekend, and then I'll really feel a lot better about all of the long runs that are coming in the next 2-3 months. I couldn't fathom running 16 more miles when I finished yesterday, but I'll get there again.
Meanwhile, it remains a gloomy day here in TN. This means I continue to walk around feeling like all I'd really like to do is curl up in bed with a book and my cat.
Instead, I've got a few more hours at work, and then I'm off to get a haircut. Don't go getting excited... it's just a trim. But I love going and getting an inch chopped off every now and then to keep it looking healthy. After that, it's dinner with my mom and a g'friend of mine that neither of us have seen in a few months. It's shaping up to be a pretty good week, and I'm DEFINITELY looking forward to the 3-day weekend.
Bonus points to anyone who can tell me the artist and the song that my song lyrics in the title and first part of the post are from...