Sunday, February 20, 2011
A Perfect Run
Yesterday I had one of those perfect runs. You know, the runs where you feel strong and fit and happy and the sun is shining but it's not too hot and there really isn't anywhere you'd rather be right that minute than running? Well, some of you may have those runs every single day, but I get one about once every few weeks. Often enough to keep me coming back, to be sure, but not often enough for me to consider a training run a "fun" experience.
In fact, sometimes people will say, "But you like running!" Well, yes and no. I really like the way I feel after a run, and those perfect runs (like yesterday's) are amazing, but most days I'd really rather sleep in than get up early and drag my butt out for a workout. Many times it isn't fun, but the results are wonderful and so I do it anyway.
But yesterday - the temperature was about 60 degrees, and the sun was shining. There was a little wind, but not too much, and I was running with two buddies. One of them is several months into her pregnancy, so we tend to let her set the pace - yesterday she felt comfortable at about a 10:30 pace, so that's what we ran.
We ran about six miles, which was as far as our mama-to-be wanted to run. Then we said goodbye to her, but we wanted to put in a few more miles, so Kim and I ran four more, still holding steady at about a 10:30 pace. We finished our run in about an hour and six minutes, which represented an 8 minute PR for ten miles for Kim - isn't that wonderful?!
Kim didn't want to brag about her accomplishment, but I think that she deserves to brag. She's lost over 80 pounds and she runs nearly every day, steadily getting stronger and faster. And fellow runners are the only ones who can truly appreciate the effort that goes into knocking almost a minute per mile off of your long run pace. So, since Kim won't brag, I'm bragging for her - thanks for a perfect run, Kim, and congratulations on your PR! And thanks to the rest of you for letting me ramble.
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