|Lady - just because!|
My 8th run was pretty good. Short, fast, easy, sweet. It was just 3 miles on Saturday, so not a whole lot to talk about. I did notice that it was warmer out and so sweat happened a bit more than before, but since it was only three miles it wasn't anything unbearable. Part of my path is now blocked off for a big construction project which actually then opened the door for me to explore new paths. I ended up sort of making one big circle, ran into my friend twice and ...ran the whole thing, no problem! That hill that used to plague me when I started running is now nothing to me. I freaking love it!!
The 9th run was my long run for the week on Sunday, giving me 20 miles for the week. On tap was 6 miles. Going into it I felt pretty excited and confident. At this point I hadn't walked a single step during the week's training. My goals for this run were a) get up early and be out the door running by 9 a.m. b) eat something simple like I would before a race and c) run 5 miles without any walking.
I declare this my best running performance so far! Steady, no walking, not too strenuous, but also not like it was so easy that I wasn't working. What did help was when I was getting my sip of water and a song came on ... THE song. The song that brings images of mile 12 in the Disneyland Half Marathon. I'll set the scene -- Hot. Hours of silliness. Nearing the end of my favorite race experience .... the experience of Team Jam. Rose and I screaming Eye of the Tiger at the top of our lungs all the way through the finish line. Giraffy looking at us like we are idiots. It was awesome! And it was all of these memories flooding my head that helped me finish out a great 6th mile! And then in honor of Rose I was pretty proud of myself when I got home and saw what had happened to my shirt. So proud - I had to take a photo!