I have a lot of things that I would love to blog about but the main thing that I want to shout from the rooftops is that I ran 11.69 miles this past week. I am pretty sure I have never run a double digit before and it feels awesome.
Again I realize this is nothing for most hardcore runners. I am just not one of those people- this is hardcore, epic, awesomesauce, amazeballs and all that good stuff for me!
I am obviously super proud of this accomplishment, because each mile was hard and I felt amazing at the end of each run.
The best part is that I don’t not training for anything and I am just running for fun just to see what I can do. Apparently, I can do things I never thought of doing.
Let’s start with Monday:
Perfect playlist, perfect weather and perfect run. 2.50 miles.
I ran around a local lake near my house alone and it was just wanted and needed. My thoughts and I. Don’t you love it when all the perfect songs are playing?
On Tuesday I was #12 on the waitlist for spin class . Since I knew I was not going to get into the class my running partner and I decided to run FOUR miles around Centennial Lake.
I know running on back-to-back days is something I try not to do because I am determined to stay injury free. But the weather was just too perfect to not run.
The day had started off rainy and gray but by the afternoon the sun was shining and the sky was blue.
And boy am I glad we decided to run. Because I ended up running 4.15 miles!!! The pace was not too shabby either.
I feel like I could have pushed it to 5 miles, but considering how far I have come in my injury I decided just to stop when things were looking good.
I am still shocked that I ran on back to back days and had two awesome runs! This run was a huge mental boost for me, I only really started running about 5-6 months ago and I am so excited to see the hard work pay off.
During this run I did not focus on the pace or how far I had run. In fact I let my running partner hold my phone so I would not obsessively check it and I just ran.
I have a feeling this view also had something to do with the fabulous run.
I remember just feeling so happy and grateful to be able to run in a place like this.
On Wednesday, I decided to take a break from running and take another spin class at Revolve! I took the 6:30pm class with Grant-it was a Real Ride.
The class was pretty challenging, however the only thing I did not like was that the music was too loud to hear the instructor clearly. However, I will take the loud & awesome music over the crappy music my other spin classes play.
Also the 2 minute sprints killed me in a good way.
I was able to use my student ID and take the class for $17 (including rentals) as opposed to the regular $20!
On Thursday I decided to rest and took a 2 mile casual walk while chatting on the phone with some friends.
On Friday I rested. And did nothing?
Saturday I ran 2 miles on the t-mill.
After giving my feet a bit of a rest that is.
I will always prefer to run outdoors as opposed to indoors, but it gets the job done when I have to workout after the sun has set.
And on Sunday ( I ran on back to back days AGAIN) I ran a local but CHILLY 5k. It seems like everyone was out racing this weekend and I am glad I got out as well.
I was telling the race photographer to make me look good. Running pictures never turn out well. But this picture makes me happy.
The course was pretty hilly and I think I took one tiny walking break when I knew I could walk up the hill faster than I was shuffling up. I was so proud once I had finished.
I had an interesting week and the race really helped me get through it. The course was not easy, and I am so glad I got out there in the cold and ran. What really bothered me during the race was this one family I was running near. The kids (2 girls about 8 or 10) did not want to be out running. But their parents were sort of insisting that they keep going. I kept hearing the girls complain about their lungs/legs hurting and I almost wanted to tell the parents to take their kids and go HOME.
Running should be enjoyable, no one should be forced to go out there and do something they don’t want to do. If the parents wanted their kids to be active, they could have found another activity that everyone enjoyed. For about 2 miles I was stuck listening to this family and it was a miserable experience.
After the race, I sat in the grass for a while and watched a few other people finish before I picked myself up and drove to the gym to foam roll and stretch. I take the time to foam roll and stretch almost after every run because I need to make sure I stay injury free.
Like I said, last week was an interesting week and I am so happy that I was able to finish it off strong with 11.69 miles!
I can’t wait to see what I do next!
What have you accomplished lately that you are proud of?