Yesterday I decided that I wanted to ease the legs back into things since they'd been a little sore after Sunday's long run. However, I still wanted to make sure I made the workout count. So I hopped on the bike for 30 minutes and covered about 9.6 miles. Then, I hopped on the treadmill for an easy peasy 3-miler in 30 minutes. It felt really great without really wearing my legs out all over again.
I had intended to get up this morning for my tempo run, but when I saw it was pouring down rain I let myself curl back up in bed. Don't worry - I still got the run in. I just did it after work.
Last week I ran a 6-miler in 98 degrees. It was sunny, humid and hot. And it took me an hour?
Today? 73 degrees. Cloudy. Lightly raining off and on. Same 6 miles in 54:56.
I was a happy girl. The legs felt great, even after the workout yesterday. I very rarely run two days in a row, but since yesterday wasn't very intense it didn't seem to bother me. I was pleased to be able to do a tempo run as opposed to just hanging on for the miles like I had to do in the heat last week. I took the first 2 miles easy, hit 9:00 minute miles for the next 3 and then finished with an easy mile. I was super stoked to be able to hit it like the plan called for.
These are the kinds of runs that remind me why I love running. It felt great. I loved the light rain. I loved the clouds. I loved daydreaming about what it will feel like to cross the finish line in freaking Chicago! I didn't even care that my headphones died on me at mile 3 (it's ok, they were only $25 and have been used a LOT in the past year or so that I've had them. I just need to remember to pick up a new pair at Target!) I realized though that part of why I like running with music is so that I don't have to hear myself breathe!
I'm taking it easy the rest of the week since I am running a 5K on Saturday and a 10-mile training run on Sunday. I won't be blowing away the competition at the 5K... I am so not in shape for a speedy one. Still, it should be fun since it's followed by the annual Nashville Striders picnic!