After a couple of weeks of perfect weather California decided to throw a curve ball. It’s overcast, the wind is blowing and rain is threatening. We even had tornadoes earlier in the week.
I can deal with the crazy weather. Unless there is lightening, I still get out and run. This morning was no exception.
I have a 9 mile long run scheduled for tomorrow and last night was a little crazy in terms of when I was finally able to eat dinner. Dinner was at 8:30 and it wasn’t real food. So my fueling was off for today’s run. But I needed todays run so I went out slow and just the legs decide how fast to go. It was a much slower run then I’ve had in a while but it felt good.
My new Brooks Pure Cadence 2 arrived last night so I took them out for a test drive on my run this morning. When I first put them on I was nervous because I felt like they were going to slip in the heels but they didn’t slip at all on my run. The first half mile I had a bit of arch pain in my right foot but thats not at all abnormal for me. I’m super tempted to wear them for my long run tomorrow but I dont want to anger the running gods.
Overall it was two thumbs up for the new shoes and Maggie gave them the dachshund seal of approval too.
How do break in your new running shoes?
What kind of weather keeps you from running?
Ok, I’m neither fast nor a kid but I did run my fastest mile since middle school last night and I’m flying high today because of it.
Look at mile 4…8:46! Negative splits all the way and then, BAM, 8:46. I knew I was working hard the whole run but I didn’t realize that I was working that hard. The last mile was me pep talking myself the whole way. “I know it hurts but keep going.” “Don’t slow down.” “Shut brain, let legs handle this.” “Go legs!!”
I am so proud of that one mile. It was a good run but that one mile was amazing to me. I remember when I thought I was so slow running an 8 min/mile. If getting older means getting faster, I’m in. I’m faster than I was two years ago and I’m continuing to get faster. Of course I’m working at it, it’s not a magic trick but I’m so excited to see the numbers dropping.
My original goal was to run 70 miles by March 30th, but I decided to make it 100 miles by March 31st to participate in FitFluential’s March Miles. Including yesterday’s run, I’m at 95 miles.
I have 3 more runs scheduled for this month. Saturday is 4 miles, Sunday is long run day at 9 miles and Monday is 4 miles. No run tonight because I’m getting my hair done but after Mondays run, I will be at 112 miles.
When I was running a couple of years ago, I didn’t feel like I was a real runner unless I was logging weeks in the 30 miles area. Each mile was fought and won but there was no joy in them. It was a job. I never pushed that hard, I never wanted anything more than to finish. But this time is different. I love my runs more than ever. And yesterdays run was a prime example of that. I loved my run not just because I got an amazing mile time but because I was in a terrible mood before I went out and when I came back I was a much happier person.
Elle’s right. Not that my husband was in any danger…last night. Just kidding. But no matter how tired I am or how much PMS (sorry guys) I’m dealing with or crappy days at work, running leaves it all behind and I come back a much happier person.
What do you love about running?
Racing this weekend? Tell me when & where!