So, today’s run was literally the best run I’ve had in probably 2 weeks.
4 miles!!!! Without IT band pain/feeling like my legs were about to just give up and make me sit down on the pavement.
Y’all, my second mile was 8:33 and my overall pace was 8:50. This pace felt like flying compared to my slow, slogging, and quite frankly painful runs of earlier this week and last week. I didn’t have to stop and stretch my pitiful IT bands at all. In fact, my legs didn’t complain about anything except for the occasional “really, another hill?”. I call that a Saturday miracle.
I can’t even explain how amazing I felt to not feel miserable.
Which led me to some realizations:
1) Getting to wake up naturally without an alarm means I actually get to wake up feeling rested.
2) Not standing for 10-11 hours before running means my legs aren’t pre-worn out and my IT bands aren’t pre-tightened
3) Espresso with stevia + coconut/almond milk and a healthy dose of trail mix = morning happiness
4) Long hills are a lot more conquerable when you feel fresh and happy and rested
5) I love running again!
Tonight the boy and I are going out to celebrate our anniversary. That’ll make one year too many that he has put up with my craziness. I am so thankful for him.