Sadly I missed running yesterday between work, driving and just being tired! I figured my body was telling me I needed to take it easy and rest when I was yawning at 7:30. But today was a good day to run!
I hung out with my girlfriend, Haley, for the majority of the day eating lunch and watching Battle Los Angeles. It was actually a pretty entertaining movie if you ask me. But then once the sun started to go down I changed into some shorts, strapped on my shoes and took off for a 4 mile run.
I was worried that I would still feel a little dead legged but I was happily surprised to find that my legs felt strong and I was able to keep a steady, even increasing, pace as I ran through my neighborhood. This is my first really "feel good" run over 3 miles. Don't get me wrong, I love all my other runs that are over 3 miles, but today's felt like I am actually making progress because I know that a month ago I would have been huffing and puffing and crawling at the end. On the start of the third mile I passed some kids playing in their front yard and the little girl yelled "Hi!" and waved, then her brother turns to her and asks "why is he running?" in which she replied "beats me!" Ahh, that made me smile and I think helped keep me going strong for the second half of the run!
Now I am down to 3 days until my training starts. The first weeks long run is 8 miles! Yikes! I think that if it turns out the Intermediate I training plan is too much for me I will bump down to the Novice II and try that out. I want to train hard but I don't want to do something that is impossible for me quite yet. I do love to run longer and farther though so maybe this will help push me in the right direction!
- Why do you run? Fitness, competition, bored, some other reason?
- What shoe brand do you prefer?