I decided to do my long run this week on Saturday instead of Sunday because College Roomie is visiting from Atlanta and we are reuniting with Other College Roomie tonight!!! And I'd prefer not to wimp out early on our reunion tonight because I need to get my pre-long run rest...
Roomies & I sophomore year acting silly in IKEA :)
For my pre-run gel I picked up this chocolate gu at the sports store yesterday afternoon since my stash of Razz Clif Shots has been anything but appetizing these days...
Umm this was AMAZING! How have I never tried chocolate gu before? This was seriously chocolate frosting, I swear. Ding ding ding! I think I've found my new fuel!
Anyways, in the spirit of recapturing Thursday's magic, I decided to run without music again and on the same fabulous trail. While I wasn't as speedy as Thursday's 3.1 miler, today's 5 miles were pretty darn fabulous! And you know what? I'm really loving this no-music running thing!! While I do love some good Katy Perry & Eminem on my runs, It was pretty fabulous to be able to hear the birds and animals and things in the forest preserve this morning. Love.
After 4 miles I took a quick stop at my car to take a few swigs of water spiked with powerade and lose a layer--yay for warm-ish weather finally!
By the last mile I was pretty tired, but I finished fast and strong. My garmin even showed a 7 minute pace at one point! Albeit I was running downhill and it was for only a minute or so, but as a 12-minute mile girl, it was pretty thrilling. Today's mantra that got me through:
You've. Freaking. Got. This.
And, sure enough, I did! Finished my 5 miles strong! :) You know, I'm wondering if the difference in my last few runs is (besides less-injured muscles!) just plain confidence. Remember my crazy anxious dreams when I started training for Half-Marathon #1? Not so confident...But last night I had an awesome anticipatory dream about Half-Marathon #2! I dreamed that I finished fast and strong--but I DID somehow forget to get my medal at the end...it could be worse. :) Anyways, I'm just so happy to be running again.