MAN! I love it when a run feels good. Not that they all don’t… It’s just that some of them take a little time to convince yourself of and others feel good WHILE you are doing them. These are rare for me so I dig them even more when I get one.
This one was just over 6 miles and I felt good from the first step. I kept waiting for my breathing to become more labored or my legs to get heavy, but it didn’t happen. I just felt like I was running faster and faster with each step. Even when we hit the inevitable hills the dot all of our routes but one, I felt strong going up and didn’t falter at the top. I averaged just over an 8 minute mile but the first two were at about 8:30 for warmup so I am relatively certain the other four were well under 8 minute pace and I felt faster at the end than I did to start. I hung with the lead pack until we hit the first big hill at about mile 3, but even then I didn’t get dropped, I just faded a bit and was able to catch back up at the top.
I thought for sure that because I had done sprint work on Saturday and my glutes and hammies were sore that I wouldn’t be running very fast, but it really felt effortless. Love that!
On the opposite side of the effort scale, I swam this morning and as always, it was an effort. I got in 1200 yards and, admittedly, it IS getting a bit easier. At least now I have my “Help! I’m drowning!” swim stroke under control enough that I can actually start to think about things like body position, and proper breathing technique a bit more. I know my (lack of) technique would make any swim coach groan but I’m starting swim lessons as a part of a triathlon training program so at least I can get some pointers… when they get done laughing at me…
I’m going to Springfield, MO today to teach a class tomorrow and I’m hoping the weather will cooperate enough that I can get a run in this afternoon. There are some great trails in Springfield and I never pass up the opportunity to take advantage of them if I can.