Monday, January 31, 2011

A Confidence-Boosting Run

Sometimes when you're training for a race you just need one run that goes really well to boost your confidence.

For me that run happened on Saturday, a run that I was in fact dreading.

I woke up torn about whether to run outside on the black ice or suck it up and do 10 miles on the treadmill and risk aggrevating my hip and knee.

I decided to try outside but after almost slipping before even leaving the parking lot, I figured the treadmill was a safer bet.

Surprisingly, once I was on the treadmill, it's like my legs and my mind were on cruise control. I was moving right along like it was nothing. Time was passing; I wasn't feeling completely tortured spending that much time on the treadmill.

For the most part, my hip and knee cooperated. In the last 10 minutes of the run, I felt some nagging pain in my right knee, but it went away once I stopped and stretched.

I stepped off the treadmill feeling accomplished and more excited for the New Orleans half marathon than I've been in a long time. Now that my legs are finally cooperating, I'm ready to race and I'm confident things will go well.

Sometimes it just takes one run to get everything back on track.

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