Friday, July 31, 2009

Holy Cow, What a Run!

We all have them.  Those days when your run goes better than you anticipated.  The kind of run you walk away from smiling, even if it was super tough.  The kind of run that makes you feel really good the rest of the day.  The kind of run that keeps you from feeling guilty as you eat off of two pizzas, breadsticks, cinnasticks and Dr. Pepper from Pizza Hut.

Oh wait, maybe that last part is just me.

I needed to get a 5 mile tempo run done today, and I had every intention of getting myself out of bed and running it before work.  Yeah, we all know that THAT didn't happen. (I'm just a night owl. Sue me.)

I wasn't looking forward to running in the 87 degree weather, even if it was less humid today than usual.  I also had a bit of a headache.  But I'm tough! I'm a trooper!  Or I at least told myself as much.

The plan said to run 8:58 miles.  This is a good little clip for me, and I know I'm capable of doing it for a few miles.  I just didn't know if I could do it today in the heat.

I set out thinking that maybe I'd try to pick it up a bit in the first half since I know I always slow down some on the way back.  When I got to the turnaround and saw  22:08 on my watch, I was pleased.  I knew if I slowed down a bit like I anticipated, I'd probably finish in about 45 minutes right on track.

I forced myself to not look at my watch on the return.  In part because I wanted to run by feel, but also in part that I was afraid to find myself disappointed with how much I was slowing down.

So I was astonished when I hit stop and saw 43:45 on my watch.  I thought I must be dizzy from the heat and not reading it correctly, but later it still said the same thing.  NEGATIVE SPLIT! In the July heat!  And I was running kind of fast!

I walked a bit and stretched a bit and wiped my face a bazillion times but still had sweat in my eyes.  And I felt like I was walking on clouds.  I haven't had a run get me excited like that in a while.  

I can't put into words how good it feels to finally feel like I'm back in shape.  My injury last year is just a distant memory.  I am following my training plan like a good little marathoner and making sure I don't do too much, too fast. (Of course, I've always done that and I STILL got hurt, but whateve. "R" left off intentionally.)  I still find myself getting a little nervous before long runs because it's been a while since I've run really long runs, but I definitely am feeling more and more confident about my training.

There might be some changes in my world next week.  I'll say more when I know for sure. There are some exciting possibilities on the table for sure!

Happy running this weekend!


It Is Everlasting said...

That sounds like a truly fantastic run, the kind we deal with all of the horrible ones to experience. Thanks for ye motivation as it brought a smile to my face just picturing how great the end of that must have felt!

Wendy said...

LOVE days like that!

Niki said...

Yay!! Awesome job!! I love wonderful runs like that! You are gonna rock the marathon!! Oh, and I like to say whatev also:)

J said...

That is great you ran so well! Sometimes everything just comes together!!

aron said...

loooooooooove those runs!!! awesome job girl :)

Chic Runner said...

That is a great run! I love it when things fall into place like that. Great job! :)

cNicRun said...

Your run sounded fantastic! Its amazing when things fall into perfect place! :) great job!