As I was getting ready my mom texted that her hand surgery went well. I replied I was about to head out the door for a long run and was grateful for her text. Now I am accountable to someone else too about today's run. I assured my mom I wouldn't be running the dark streets of Hawai'i solo at 4:00 am and ate a teaspoon of peanut butter, swallowed a Gatorade PRIME01, and headed out to the gym.
Once there I immediately got myself focused and into action. To be honest, my legs felt like lead. I felt sluggish and the idea of quitting or cutting the run short crossed my mind. Not good thoughts for a runner in training. I quickly told myself that I was going to do this and to drop that left-sided brain and get creative, have fun, and run. Although, I also told myself if I had to I could run my miles at a slower pace. By mile 6 I was feeling wonderful and was able to pick up the pace. My final mile was awesome and the perfect mile for my Dad!
Total Distance: 12.01 miles
Overall Pace: 9'22"
Mental State: I have to give myself four stars for my mental state today. I stuck to my plan, ran my 12 miles, and didn't give in to the sluggish legs.
And once my elation of a great run subsided I realized today is National Running Day! What a perfect run to honor the intentions of the Day.
10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day (from their website) with my impact:
- Share your passion - I aim to do this through blogging, etc.
- Bring a runway to work - Does running up and down stairs count?
- Morph your friends into running friends - Tough one for my crowd but my sister is getting hooked.
- Change Happy Hour to Running Hour - YES!
- Strike new ground - I should put this on my schedule this month.
- Give the gift of happy feet - Great idea!
- Make running run in the family - Done! We will all be running different races for the Maui Marathon.
- Choose a running resolution - I will stick to my training plan in June.
- Take advantage of the great outdoors - Oh yeah....heading out on Saturday!
- Treat yourself like a champion - Time to reward myself with some new tunes!