Over the weekend, I had one of my best runs to date.
My alarm went off at 6:20am on Saturday. It was a dark and gloomy morning - the type of weather that threatened a downpour at any moment. Even so, I put on my running gear and after drinking a bottle of water and Ensure, headed out.
This definitely wasn't a fast run (at least for me) and I only averaged about 9 minute miles. It also started misting shortly after I started so I got a teensy bit wet. But despite these factors, I really enjoyed every step of every one of these miles.
Often, I focus solely on how I'm running. Am I running at the appropriate pace? Am I running with good form? How is my leg turnover? While I still thought about those things a bit on Saturday, I spent a lot of time reflecting on how lucky I am to be able to run. I've stayed relatively healthy and injury free. My schedule allows me to run enough miles. I live in an area that is safe and provides countless path options. Even though the mist probably made it look like I was crying, I was smiling to myself pretty much the entire run. Although running almost always makes me happy, it's a rare run that makes me feel this in love with running and life and as though all is right with the world.
Anyhow, I won't bore you with anymore sappy sentiments :) Here's this week's training plan:
Afternoon: 6 mile easy run; 30 minutes strength training
Afternoon: 9 mile speed workout
Afternoon: 6 mile easy run; 60 minute training session
Afternoon: Boot Camp Class; 4 mile easy run
Afternoon: 4 mile easy run
Morning: 14 mile easy run
Happy running this week!