Goal: easy 3-4 miles
Accomplishment: easy 4 miles
How I Felt: good, comfortable, motivated, slightly dehydrated
Once again I have to head out for an all-day event today, so the best time to get my run in was the morning. And, let’s be honest for a moment here…the best time to get a run in any day is usually the morning anyway…it feels so great to start your day off like that.
Today’s goal in the training plan was an easy 3-4 miles, and I knew I could hit the high end of that at 4 miles. I ran the opposite direction from what I have gone the past few days since it is nice to change it up every now and then. I ran past Emerald St., Garnet St., Pearl St., Ruby St., Sapphire St., Topaz St…past Knob Hill Ave. (yes, the beautiful gem names stopped)…and finally I hit Ave. A which was my halfway point. I was feeling decent at this 2-mile mark, especially considering that from about minute 11 to minute 15 (or so) was a gradual uphill experience. Anyway, at Ave. A, I turned around and headed back the 2 miles I had just run and I ran it on the opposite side of the street (once again, it’s nice to change up the view). The temperature wasn’t too hot or too cold–capris and a tank today. I forgot how nice it is to wear some nice athletic capris, where the fabric really helps to regulate your body temperature and wick away moisture.
Today’s playlist was great–birds, cars, people passing, bikers, other runners, all the lovely sounds of a beautiful morning. The more I run without my iPod, the more I realize how much I enjoy running just me, the open road, and everything around me. It helps me breathe a little easier, keep pace a little better, and de-stress a little more. There will certainly be days when I will still take my iPod (I take the Shuffle on runs…I bought it a couple years back for the sole purpose of using it during workouts) with me when I’m in the mood for some good tunes to keep me company, but I love that I have been able to break through the wall of running without music.
Well, I got back home…said ‘hello’ to the maintenance men as they were arriving to work for the day…and when I reached my apartment, I got in my post-run stretching followed up with a cinnamon raisin bagel, orange juice, and water.
I wanted to blog this morning for you to enjoy today, and now here I am with just one hour left before having to head out for the day. I better get a move on and get in the shower…the clock’s a-tickin’!