Monday, July 23, 2012
I had almost forgotten what a really good run felt like. The last few runs I've done have been okay. Mostly enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. I haven't been able to run as often as I would like due to schedule issues and 4 nights in a row of boot camp, so I've been trying to do 10 miles on the weekends. I still have time before the HM, but I want to make sure my legs stay conditioned for that distance (or at least close to it).
On Saturday I decided to go a little shorter. I had a bunch of other stuff planned for the weekend and didn't have the time to commit to a longer run. I chose a shorter, 6-mile route that ended at my husband's school. It's one I've done a lot, and I like it because it incorporates trail & road running as well as some challenging hills.
I'm so glad I went short!
I felt great as soon as I started running. It's been 2 weeks since I ran at all (distance - I've been sprinting for an hour 2x/week). I felt strong, and I felt faster. It was great. The first half is on a trail and fairly flat. Then I got to the hills. I have to admit, I love running hills. It changes my form, and I feel like I have a lot more power. I flew up those hills, and before I knew it, I was in town. I had a mile left (and felt like I could have easily done another 6), so I decided to pick up the pace. I had plenty of energy left to finish my run, and I even added an extra 1/2 mile at the end.
Oh, and I knocked 10 minutes off my old 6-mile run time!!! I knew those sprints would pay off.
It was one of those runs that reminded me why I love it and why I keep doing it. I needed that. It motivated me to get in a couple short runs this week before I go on vacation. I might even try to fit in a long one on Friday. This past week was long and fairly stressful, but that run was the perfect way to end it.