Usually on Mondays or Tuesday (depending on my schedule) I run an easy 3 or 4 miles. It's my short run for the week and it usually makes me feel good. This week Monday was a bust for running so Tuesday morning, while Ms. V was at school, I knew I had to get out and get in my miles. So I got dressed, got my gear on, dropped the girl off at school, and headed to my favorite local trail. It was a very foggy morning! The kind where you could be right up on a car and not even know if they didn't have their lights on!
Kind of a creepy picture but this is on the trail. It kind of goes around some fields and behind a farm and then beside a major road. At one point you think you are in the middle of no where (see the above pic) and within half a mile you are beside a major road. The trail is a bit windy and a few good sized hills so it's a GREAT training area! This particular morning the birds were all out singing, so I decided to just listen to them and no music. I heard so many different birds that I didn't recognize. And most of the time I wouldn't even see the bird just hear them singing their little hearts out. I also spotted Mr. & Mrs. Mallard duck and the cutest little chipmunk EVER!!!
This is looking back towards the farm from the section that runs beside the major road. I love this farm. It's so pretty. They have a lot of events there for the public like farmer's markets and different festivals and events. They even allow people hold weddings there. It's just a great asset to our community!
And this was me after! The sun came out (YEAH) so that insulated headband I have on to block the wind was NOT helping me stay cool. I pushed up my sleeves and at one point even pulled up my shirt to give my belly some wind but I was SWEATING!! It was WARM!!
Yes that is a 5k in 31:15!! But what you can't see is the even more amazing part! I had negative splits (you run a faster mile than you did the last mile). The first mile was 10:23. I thought GREAT! This feels pretty good. I'm sure I'll slow down but I'm happy with that! Mile 2 was 10:15 WOW! I can't believe that! That mile felt awesome! I should note typically my mile 2 is faster. Mile 1 is a warm up for me. I need to get my legs used to the idea that we are running and will be for awhile! "It's not a sprint so settle in for the long hall legs." I had planned on waiting until 2.5 miles and then trying to speed up to get a good time. But I guess I wasn't paying attention because all of a sudden my watch beeped with Mile 3! 9:35!! WHAT?!?!?! Where did that come from???? I was flying and didn't even feel like it. I could tell by my breathing that I was putting is a good effort but not 9:35! WOW! So I dropped the hammer and sprinted the last .10. I cried when I finished. And then I praised God for letting me have such an amazing run! This was a GREAT run!
Question of the day!
Have you had a great run/workout lately?