Today was my 5 miler and I was able to finish it with a 9:45 pace! The thing is, I didn't want to stop once I hit the 5 mile mark. Normally I'm begging the miles to magically disappear, but today, I just wanted to keep going. I didn't because I really want to stick to Hal's program. So, the moral of the story is, as stated above! HARD WORK PAYS OFF...PERIOD.
I guess all of the bridge runs are making me stronger and I love it. I remember my first 5 mile run. It was within the last year. I was so excited that I was going to finish 5 miles at one time, and then I heard sirens. My mind started freaking out! I actually thought that I could be having an out-body-experience and my real body could be on the ground somewhere behind my spirit, and the sirens were going to take me to the hospital. lol Of course my goal is still to just finish, but it would be awesome to feel great afterwards, not like I've been hit by a Mack truck. lol
It's finally starting to feel like Fall in Florida and I'm literally doing a happy dance. There was actually a chill in the air this morning at 8 AM when I headed out. Thank you God! It was the first day that I didn't have to pour water on my head during the run and I actually had water left in my fuel belt. YAY!!!
I so enjoyed the run this morning. I ran through my extended hood and around my gator lake. No gators in sight, which is kinda creepy because I know they are there...somewhere. The sun coming up around the lake was beautiful. What I wasn't prepared for was the swarm of gnats...I'm guessing...that I ran through. I guess that was God's way of forcing me to have breakfast. lol YUCK!!!!
Running has always been my time to think...about everything and anything...and today was no different. Except, my mind kept going back to "What am I going to wear in the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon?" I can be quite a Diva at times. ;) I really want to look "rock-n-roll" but I'm just not sure what that really means. Any suggestions?
After I had taken time to cool down, and get ready for my day, I started adding my training schedule to my old fashioned paper wall calendar. Holy cow! I actually wrote, 20 miles on a Saturday in December! I also realized that I will be pushing Sarah for 2 weeks of my runs during Christmas break. I'm hoping it doesn't kill me but makes me stronger.
Well it's off to have a great day! Go Blue and I'll see you at the races!