Sunday, April 14, 2013
Plans fell through for a bike ride today, so I took advantage of this fabulous spring day to try one more long run before the Flying Pig in May. With my Garmin strapped on and set to 5:1 intervals, I headed out the door with a general route in mind, but no specific goal for time, distance, or speed.
What a day it was! It was wonderful to run just for the sake of running. Remember when you did that as a kid? I headed to the park and watched the kids fishing on opening day and then ran through the park passing cyclists and folks out walking their kids or their dogs. Then I headed out of town on a back road.
I listened to the gurgle of small streams, the humming of lawn mowers and the roar of power saws, watched dried leaves dance across the road, and fishermen casting, and said hello to people raking their yards and washing their cars.
When I reached a convenience store I stopped to buy more Gatorade and use the bathroom. Then I turned around to head back into town thinking that I had run about 6 miles.
The run back was mostly flat, but with some head winds. But nothing could ruin the run--the tailwinds powered the first half of my run and the headwinds provided a little challenge and cooled me down. About a mile from home, I began to really feel the run, but by that time my mantra was: 1 mile? I can do anything for 1 mile.
I wasn't sure how far I had run, but it seemed to take quite awhile. After a hot shower, I uploaded the data and was delighted to find that I ran 13.52 miles in 2:46. Guess I'm ready for The Flying Pig.
This ranks as one of the most enjoyable runs I've ever had. I wasn't trying to beat a record, to run a certain speed or distance. I let thoughts flit through my mind and leave of their own accord. If you asked me what my thoughts were today while running, I wouldn't be able to recall. But I recall that I had no worries and just felt happy the entire run. It doesn't get much better than that, and days like this are what keep me running.