I was able to get off work a little earlier today so I thought...why not try to run a little further today? Guess what...5 miles baby!!! I am going further everyday, I am feeling less pain everyday, and I feel stronger everyday. That can't be bad can it?
After getting all dressed up and layered up for my run I stepped outside and started running. Darn it, forgot my gloves. Shouldn't be too bad right, wrong! My hands were frozen and my poor knuckles were purple. Oh well, the run must go on...isn't that how the saying goes :)
So I decided it was time to go into my favorite running grounds today, McCormick Woods. Some minor rolling hills but for the most part a nice even course. The highest elevation is only 100ft. Not too bad. Traffic was very quiet today, thank goodness. Usually it is terrible and I am still dodging cars from the furthest side of the shoulder. Some drivers have no courtesy!
The weirdest thing happened to me at mile 1.48. I just stopped. No reason really. I just stopped. I guess when I think back now I was feeling a little nauseated at the time. The clam chowder I had for lunch didn't seem to agree with my run. But either way, it is very unlike me to just stop. I only stopped for about 30 seconds then went about my run again.
So off I went again. Trugging along, kind of listening to my music but mostly just listening to the sound of the road. I don't usually run with headphones in so I listen to what is going on around me most of the time. I was feeling pretty sluggish for the first 2.3 miles but once I hit the halfway point I had finally hit my stride. I felt like my legs were actually cooperating with me and I was making progress! It was a great feeling.
Well that's about it. I finished up my 5 miles. According to Nike my fastest mile was my second mile and my slowest mile was my fourth mile (probably because I had to go to the clubhouse for a potty break). Any way I look at it I am so happy that I ran 5 miles today without ANY pain!!! NO PAIN AT ALL!!!! That makes every moment of it all worthwhile!
Oh yeah, did I mention that Andrea and I are running the 2 half marathons next month from my previous posts? I can't wait!!!
986.8 miles to go to reach 1000 miles for the year.