Another short and sweet post tonight for you sweet readers out there, about a topic I think we can all relate to!
Ever have one of those runs where everything just seems perfect? It just seems to click? You enjoy every second of it and wish you could keep running?
The past two nights I’ve had fan-tastic runs, and it just makes me so happy! It makes me remember why I find joy through running in the first place, and just how good it is for the soul.
Everyone has their go-to “me” time, their go-to “solitude” time, their go-to “refresh” time, and for me, that time is a run. No matter how short or how long, I feel like I just NEED it. It’s a craving. And if I don’t fulfill that craving, I think my head might explode.
Tuesday night I went to the lake and did 2 laps, 4 miles total. I haven’t done more than 3 since I was sick last month, so being able to stretch my legs and fly, felt so good! I’ve got a 10k coming up on May 3, so I better get those legs moving more anyways! This same race was my 10k PR race last year, so I would LOVE to match or beat my time!
I didn’t wear my Garmin, and instead used the Map My Run app. Unfortunately, it went crazy and told me I was running 5:00 splits. Now, as much as I’d like to think I could run that fast, we all know that’s a hilarious thought. My actual pace was more like 8:42. Much more accurate! I was pleasantly surprised at my pace, and thought it was interesting how much faster I ran sans-watch.
I also used a sample of Cytomax I received in my StrideBox. I’ve actually used this product before, mainly at at a few of the larger races I’ve done. It’s probably my favorite during-race electrolyte drink, since Gatorade is sometimes too sweet and sugary! Cytomax is lighter tasting, and I really feel like I’m being recharged as opposed to dragged down by your average sports drink like Gatorade or Powerade. It’s delicious too, and doesn’t leave a weird after taste like some drinks can! You should definitely try it, if you haven’t already!
Tonight’s workout was almost as wonderful as last night’s. I took Miss Truckee for a lap around the lake to log 2 easy miles. I’m so proud of my sweet girl! She ran ALMOST the entire time, give or take a few tiny walk breaks in the second mile to politely pass other dogs. (No kidding- I think we passed every breed of dog possible today, there were so many dogs out!) Our first mile together was 8:17, with mile two topping out at 9:58. That may sound slow, but in between weaving around the other dogs, we actually were bookin’ it! I felt amazing the first mile with her, and could tell she regretted starting out so fast. Just like her mama- always running the first mile a bit too fast 🙂
She is slowly but surely getting her big booty back in shape, and I can’t wait to have her run more with me this summer. I don’t know if she felt like she was flying, but I sure did. A good fly- a long stride, floating down the trail type of flying.
There’s just something about running outside, in the sunshine, that can’t be matched.
And it’s those runs where everything seems to click that make me wish I could take off the pavement and fly!
Do you ever have perfect runs? What is your favorite part about running? Do you compare running to flying?