Monday, December 19, 2011

Renewal Run

Today my hips are tight... my right knee twinges a bit... my left heel aches a bit... and I'm physically exhausted.

But I feel great.

Yesterday I ran 8 miles.  8 friggin miles...
I did it in laps.  Running 2.25 for my first in 12:30 pacing.  Then 3.75 for lap 2 (total of 6) and still maintaining 12:30! and lastly 2 miles for the homestretch.

I had run 6 miles before and it was tiresome.  I resigned myself to the fact that I'll do as much as I can... pushing for 8.

It was the best run I've had in a long time.  I felt renewed.  Rejuvenated.  I felt like I was just out there listening to my music and enjoying being outdoors.

It didn't even feel like running.

I loved every minute of that run, especially after having not run for over a week.

...unfortunately I woke up this morning with a brutal reminder.  Running hurts.  It's hard on the body and as much as I love it, I need to be smart about it.

I could have stretched more.  I could have done more cross-training.  I could have rested more.

I'll remember yesterday, the way it made me feel, the way I just kept going cause I wanted to.  The way I ran.

It renewed my love of running.
It renewed me.

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