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!