|an oldie but a goodie!|
Before heading out, I turned on the Garmin and was all set. The weather was great for a long run. The sun was out, and it was breezy. Ok, a little windy in places, but not hard to deal with in general. I have to admit, I wasn't really in the mood to mentally handle the distance all on my own. Perhaps having a busy day with the boys made me a little sluggish? It didn't take long before I felt the rhythm of the run and felt more positive.
My goal for the run was 9/9:30 miles. I just LOVE the Garmin for this!! I can't believe how much I love it. Would it be weird to name our next born "Garmin"? I asked my husband, after returning home. Kidding, sort of. I decided I will always run tracking miles instead of kilometers. There are sooo many less miles, it seems. I know it's all mental, but 26 is waaaay less than 42, right?!
Fall is a great time for runs in the country...conveniently placed corn fields are perfect for pit-stops. Hard to admit, yes, but when you have to go, you have to go, right?!
My route was a double-loop with an extra 4 miles added to the end. I failed to realize, in my planning that I left the really hilly few miles for the end. My pace was right on target for the entire run, except those 2 miles that were really "hill-intensive". Woah, I felt like I was running on the spot. I managed to salvage 10/mile for those two miles, and I am just fine with that!
By the time I returned to my neighbourhood, the sky was starting to darken. People were out for after-dinner walks with their dogs. I was starting to feel chilly from the wind (and pure lack of energy, perhaps?) so I was glad to be home. I did it. Another one to cross off the calendar. I ran (ok, hobbled) upstairs to take part in some bath time fun with the boys. When my oldest got out of the tub, I scooped out the toys, and poured some icy-cold water in the tub for myself. Elliott was sure to give me some toys (just in case you want to play!?) while I soaked to recover.
Today is a full-on rest day. I am running with my school cross-country team tomorrow after school, so I want to demonstrate good form for the team :)
Happy Sunday. I have no idea what's for dinner at my house...