My last post was about how frustrating bad runs can be- I'm so glad I've learned to listen to my body and accept that some days are rough and with some genuine rest- you really do improve!
Today I was planning to do a 40 minute run. Unfortunately, the weather didn't want to cooperate and we had spotty storms - some that could be strong. I left work while it was still sunny but could see the storm clouds moving closer. I wish now that I had taken a picture, oh well.
It was 89 degrees and about 70% humidity. I did about a 3-4 minute warm up walk and then started jogging. Today I ran without my GPS watch and used my Nike+ instead. I could feel the power in my legs and felt really fast. I had gone about 10 minutes when the wind picked up and really started to blow in the storm.........but I kept going. Small tree branches (ok, they were loose sticks, but still) were blowing to the ground. I kept going. Finally- 20 minutes into it- I heard some thunder and the sky unleased a heavy downpour. I had run back towards my van and decided better to be safe than sorry when it comes to stormy weather and I ended my run righ at the 20 minute mark.
You know what? I was running a personal record! I had taken 2 small walk breaks that slowed the overall pace a bit- but still I was FAST today. My overall average was 11:09/mile - Amazing!
I've got a run with my friend in the morning and then Sunday off - next week is the taper off before the race so low mileage Monday and Wednesday. It's finally here!!!