No...it's not the Eminem movie, it's what I ran on this beautiful Pacific Northwest morning. It must have been one of those "calm after the storm" days because the sun was out and shining away this morning! I woke up at 7:30am and decided I wanted to do an early run today.
I had planned on doing a 7 mile run originally but I had challenged my friend Rory Pitts to add a mile to his distance today so I knew I had to do the same. I dressed up in my odd Washington wear: long sleeved tech shirt, capris, sunglasses and gloves and hit the road!
I decided to go for a hilly route today. I left my Quadrant neighborhood for the other Quadrant neighborhood down the street. Usually when I do these two neighborhoods together it's exactly a 5k. As I was coming up the long hill in the other neighborhood, I saw two fellow runners getting ready to hit the road. I tried to pick up my pace...because I'm competitive like that ;)
McCormick Woods was just lovely today! A slight breeze, the sun to my left corner of my sunglasses, the birds were chirping away, and several squirrels were out playing too. A couple of miles into my route I finally met some other people on the road. There were several walkers out this morning! Finally at the end of the Woods, I saw two other women out running and chatting away. Grrr...I really need a running partner!
When I got to Dunraven, I stopped for a minute and stretched in the sunshine. Please Mother Nature, if you are reading this, I really loved the sunshine today...I'd love to have as much of it as possible! Pretty please with sugar on top!!! On my way back out of the Woods, I chose to go the hilly route. A little less distance but with bigger rolling hills. As I came back out onto the main McCormick Drive, I heard the familiar chattering of the two women runners again. I have to admit, they pushed me to pick up my pace!
Heading towards home I also saw the first set of runners and waved hello again as I charged up the final hill. Into Quadrant, I felt quite a pull in my right knee. Unfortunately, it's my bad knee and it's been stiff all week. I pushed through the final 1/2 mile of my run but the pain was getting worse with each step.
I made it home and was able to stretch. I haven't had any pain since my run so hopefully it was just a one time event! I managed to keep a 9'30"/mile pace for the 8 miles. I think I could have shaved off a few more seconds if it had not been for the sore knee in the end. Overall, another successful run!
On a side note, my friend Rory matched my 8 miles this morning for his longest run ever! I am very proud of how far he has come. Way to go my friend!!!