Friday, May 11, 2007

Whooo 6 miles!

Time: 1:13:04
Length: 6 (ish....Gmaps doesn't show the pathways around campus so it's hard to measure exactly, and my computer hates mapmyruns :o( So I know I did at least 6. There might have been a few extra tenths though that I missed)

It's been a great couple of days. (See previous post about last day of class party time.)

But today rocked because I ran six miles this morning....after I had seriously contemplated going back to sleep. It was hummmmmid outside. It felt like I was breathing water and not air. They're calling for thunderstorms and I hope we get them so this ridiculously humidity drops (just preferably tomorrow so that I can go to the baseball game tonight and my softball games don't get rained out tomorrow)

So today's run was definitely the longest I've gone since summer when I was doing my marathon training. Everything was going great. I started out nice and slow to get my legs warmed out (and because I always have a tendency to start too fast and not having anything left in the tank at the end.) The second half of mile one was a bit of struggle, but I think my body was just not down with how warm and humid it was because by mile two things were feeling pretty good. I was crusing along through mile 3 when my left leg started bothering me again just like it did last week when I was doing my longer run. Just some kind of crazy tightness and pain in my left shin making it hard for me to flex my left foot when I picked it up off the ground.

Instead of stopping like last week, I slowed my pace a little bit and kept pushing through figuring it would go away. Normally I'm not a big fan of the pushing through it mentality, but I just had a feeling that if I stopped I would lose all motivation to keep going. So it annoyed me probably until about mile 4.5, but then it went away and I felt like I was running awesomely. My legs were tired and the heat and humidity were getting pretty uncomfortable but I somehow managed to run the entire six miles without having to stop to walk once.

Unfortunately I forgot to add a new part to the course I mapped out so I ended up being too close to home way to fast. It wasn't a big problem, I just kept running to add the distance. The crappy part was that I had to end on a really big hill, which was just killer on my legs.

Overall I'm super happy with my run. Running in the morning always makes my days start off better. What I lose in sleep time, I totally gain in a happier outlook on the day.

Anyway, I'm off to waste my study day not studying for finals and instead lounging around doing lots of nothing until the baseball game tonight! I figure I've earned it.

4 comments:

Neese said...

all these early morning miles!?, you've certainly earned it! Happy Weekend! :)

Firefly's Running said...

WOW! Good luck on finals!

Joe said...

Geez, I don't visit your blog for a few days and I come back and see all these posts about 6 miles here and 4 miles there. You're running all over the planet again!

J~Mom said...

WOOHOO!! Great job on your miles!! I totally agree with what you said about the happier outlook from early runs!

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