Since my half is in March, I've been racking up the mileage. I spent the first few weeks of training, crying about having to run more (duh)...now I'm actually embracing the running and liking it.
I ran my long run on Thursday, so this morning I only needed 3-4 miles. I ended up going 5.5 miles. 5 miles running, .5 walking.
The run started off ok. When I got to the park, the group I was running with was dispersing. Yes, I was a bit late. So I wasn't too much in a rush to start. I went to the restroom, and then started. I also decided that running with music would be good...so I ran with music. Thanks to my little sister for convincing me to put Beyonce on pandora. Beyonce and I jammed for 5 miles.
The first mile was ok. I had my sweater on, so I was a little hot. I was actually running at a good clip, even though my breathing wasn't good. I am getting a cold and it's effecting my breathing.
The second mile was actually good. I was passing people...ok, ok they were walkers, but I was passing them. Actually, this old walking guy passed me at one point. He was flying-walking, if you ask me!
Third mile took forever! I went off of the trail and over a bridge (a pedestrian bridge), and over to a path to another part of the trail. I pass this area on the way to work all of the time. It's slightly hilly, so I've always wanted to run over it. It felt good to do the inclines. Houston is flatter than flat, so the hills are a nice change.
Mile 4 flew by! I looked at my watch and saw 3 miles, then I looked down and saw 4. Very strange. Very cool. And obviously effortless. While doing this mile, I did see these fast chicks lapping me. I saw them on my way up and saw them again on the way down. Definitely raises the spirits--not! Lol.
Mile 5 was slower than slow. Not sure what happened...but it was hard getting up to mile 5. Finally it came and I was able to stop :)
I cut off my watch and walked the .5 to the group. They were doing yoga. I did a few poses.
I was going to go to brunch afterwards, but I got lost and could not find the restaurant. If I am honest with myself, I looked but I was getting a little nervous about going. I see these ladies every saturday and they are always so nice...but sometimes that social phobia comes back to haunt me. I stepped out of my comfort zone before, I can do it again. I know I can! Next saturday I'm going to brunch.
This run was a good run. I didn't go totally easy on myself, but I did push myself too hard. I just allowed myself to listen to the music, take in the scenery and enjoy the moment. I looked at my watch, took notice of my speed...but I did not try to change it if I was going too "slow".
I was thinking that I need to get back to a place of being OK with who I am. I get so caught in trying to run other's paces...and while that is good, I still need to do some easy enjoyable runs.
I'm glad I went further than I had to go. 5 miles always looks so much better than 3 miles on my calendar.
Speaking of calendars, I am going to do an update tomorrow on how I did over the week diet/exercise wise.
Also, since it's the end of the month, I plan on doing an update on my weight and low sugar challenge. I will post my messy calendars :)
Have a good day!