Thursday, August 16, 2007

Training Day #14

79 Days until the Marathon
Today's weather: 86º
Today's humidity: 69%

Empowered. I felt empowered by my run today.

I did a 4.75 mile tempo run and it felt GRREAT! No, seriously. I felt freakin fantastic! Warmed up for 1.5 at my normal 12:00 m/m pace, then cranked it up to 10:54 m/m for 2, and then cooled down at 12:45 m/m for the rest.

I could've pushed it more. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I was telling myself to go faster, but being that I forgot to bring lunch (and common sense would have me eating a little something before heading to the gym), I decided not to overdo it. And I didn't want to be out of the office for too long. (Thank goodness for understanding bosses and flexible work schedules. )

I couldn't believe it though. It was challenging but it was a lot easier than I anticipated! I choose a treadmill that faced a gigantic photo of a shaded running path and just focused. Pushed past the people gabbing in front of me. Ran away from the others walking around. I realized looked at the numbers on the treadmill too much, so I threw a towel over it. Pushed. Pushed! I sweated freight trains but I felt soooo good!

Afterwards I took a few minutes to stretch out so I wouldn't feel too tight later on. If there's one hard lesson I've learned was to take stretching seriously!

I'm telling you. This runner's high is amazing!

4 comments: said...

Yeah for runners' high! It is wonderful - it can take you through a whole day or more.

Tom said...

"Sweated freight trains!" Awesome. Nice job working through the challenging part and then finding that level of thrilling, pounding satisfaction.

Susan said...

Wow - it has been ages since I experienced that high!

CewTwo said...

I was on the treadmill this morning. Took me forever to commit. Then as I started to run, it clicked! I know how you feel!

What fun. Thanks for sharing!