I realized I kind of glossed over my 14.5 mile long run that I did on Saturday.
First of all - I'm insane. If you're keeping track then you know that I ran 10 miles for the first time in two months just a few days before I ran 14.5 miles. This is NOT recommended. However, if you know your body and your level of fitness, then you are usually aware of what you are capable of doing. I knew I could handle 14.5 miles, so I did it. Because of that, I'm back on track with my training plan. I also found that aside from a bit of stiffness the next day, I felt pretty good. This definitely raises my confidence about my fitness level.
Next, I LOVE the Sugoi Mikado Tank. I had worn it in the 10-Mile Race back in June, but I didn't really realize how AWESOME it is until I ran in it this past Saturday. With the temperatures in the mid-80s by the time I finished at 8:40am and 90% humidity, I really appreciated how well it wicks away sweat. I also felt really comfortable in it, and I decided I'm going to buy myself another one. They're a bit pricey, but I've decide it's going to be worth it to have two of them. I'm going to get it in blue! I ordered it this morning, so I hope to have it before I have to log a 16-miler next week.
I also decided that I really enjoy running to Linkin Park. I had bought their album Hybrid Theory back in 2002 or so when I was going through a phase of listening to that kind of music. I can't say I flip the ipod to their stuff other times, but on a whim I put it in on my shuffle thinking it'd be good music to pump myself up. Boy was I right. There's just something about that entire album... every time one of the songs from it came up the other day, I found new energy and pep to keep pushing forward.
Part of the greenway we ran on connects to a local battlefield. When I was in high school, coach would have us run at the battlefield about once a week. We also did a lot of Saturday morning practices and summer practices out there. I hadn't run on the trail in the battlefield in several years, so it was kind of fun to be on it again. Granted, trail running is harder so I definitely had to slow down. My new shows got incredibly muddy in the process, but I found myself saying that "you're not really a runner if you don't get your shoes dirty." I suppose I believe that.
All in all, it was a success. I averaged around a 10:25 minute mile so I can't complain about that considering the heat.
Yesterday I got about 6 800meter repeats done, running each at 8:40 m/m pace. I really want to stay on top of the speedwork so that I can go after that 4:20 marathon. Today calls for trying out a yoga DVD that someone gave to me this weekend.
Things are going well these days. I feel like I'm a better runner when I am feeling good about other things in my life. I'm absolutely in such a place right now. I have a lot to look forward to ... a trip to Toronto for girls' weekend, my Canadian friend coming to town in October, three races over the coming months, and I might possibly have a few other things to be excited about that we'll talk about when I figure them out. (I'm so mysterious sometimes, I know.)