I am pretty sure I just completed my best run ever! I didn't set out to break any records or log a personal best. It just happened.
Tonight I ran 5 miles in 45:17, which translates to a 9:02 average pace. Thus far, my fastest average pace for up to 6 miles has been about 9:15.
I never feel great my first 1-2 miles. But then I seem to find my groove and start plugging along. I knew I was pushing myself a bit and every so often I would ease up a bit, but then I just felt like getting right back to it. So I did.
I left the house around 7:30pm, so the sun was setting and it was cooling off. Once I worked up a good sweat I was the perfect temperature. I ate fairly well today, plenty of protein which I'm finding is crucial to my body. I took care to hydrate well all day.
Usually at the end of the run, I feel like I have more gas, that I could push it a bit further. I almost always sprint the last several hundred feet of a run. Tonight, as I was sprinting to the end my legs felt like they were going to fall off and my lungs were burning. I really had to push until that lovely Nike+ voice told me I was done. Oh was I ever happy to hear her!
I learned tonight that I can push myself a bit harder, that I need to when I'm looking for a good workout. I learned I am capable of more. I don't know why, but I love shaving just a few seconds off my times. A lot of training schedules call for "easy" runs. I'm not too good at easy runs. Even when I try for an "easy" run, I still end up pushing myself. Because I like it.
I have been running for about 5 years now.
I love it more every day.
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