Work today was a challenge. But all the irritation faded away as soon as I began to run. Just ahhhhhhhh....melted away...and that, more than anything else, is the point of running.
I started training about sixteen weeks ago and now I am counting down to the Half! Twelve days to go, although this is not nearly as momentous as counting down the the end of the world, it is still exhilarating!
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Yesterday I went to knock out 3 miles with my running club. I started at a comfortable pace (10:30 pace) and ran the hills (had walked the last couple of times per doc's orders). Miles 2 and 3 were just under 11 mins, but was taking it easy and chatting with my running mates. The hills felt effortless and I added an extra mile at the end...faster than usual (9:35 pace). The best part is I really wasn't pushing, it felt great!
Every run like this makes me feel like the Half is going to be cake. It won't be, but I feel like it will and that mental readiness is essential to this run.
Half Marathon Training Progress Report (Tues) -
- 4 mile run (10:26 pace)
- About half a mile done barefoot style
- Last mile faster than normal
- 2 min walk