Trying to save a few seconds

I woke up this morning at 5am.  My alarm clock never went off. Nothing was wrong. The sun wasn’t out. In fact, it was still pitch black outside. I was just awake. I guess I just needed 7 hours of sleep last night. I got out of bed, so I wouldn’t wake up Christian. I followed my normal morning routine. I checked the weather.

IT WAS 57 DEGREES OUTSIDE!

57 degrees heading into Labor Day weekend in Virginia! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I stepped outside, and it felt chilly.  It was the perfect morning to head out for a morning run.  (It did eventually warm up to be around 85 degrees, but even that feels great after the summer we have experienced).

Beautiful sunrise as I drove to the trails

As I put on my running clothes, I knew I needed today to be a good run. Monday’s run was awful, and yesterday I walked 4 miles.  Although I love running in our neighborhood, I didn’t want to get stuck in my same old pattern. Since I woke up before the sun, I had enough time to drive to First Land State Park. Remember my GREAT 12 mile run in the park? How could I go wrong with this location again today.

I couldn’t! Today’s run was everything I needed it to be. I ran 4 miles. I was technically only supposed to run 2-3 miles, but I know how miserable I am for the first 2-3 miles of every run. I couldn’t stop feeling miserable with a race this weekend. The first two miles were okay. Not great. Not bad. My leg only cramped a little today, so that is something to celebrate. My back only hurt the first 1/2 mile. That is an even bigger reason to celebrate. Things started to pick up during the 3rd mile and by mile 4 I had a smile on face. Everything felt great. My legs felt good. My back felt good. I couldn’t have kept on going if I didn’t have to get to work or run 13.1 miles this weekend.

Thank goodness for today’s run and today’s weather.  The weather forecast is also looking good for Sunday (always a huge gamble when signing up for this race. It can be brutally hot.)

I swear that is a happy face squinting into the sun 🙂

1 – 12:53

2 – 13:30

3 – 13:42

4 – 12:54

5 (.16) – 11:49 pace

Total – 4.16 miles at a pace of 13:12

I’ve got to be careful of miles like #3 during the race. If I plan on seeing a number below 3 hours, I have to keep my pace below 13:40 AND I know I’m going to need a bathroom break along the way. Every second counts especially when you need a few extra minutes to take a bathroom break and wave hello to family.

Dream Goal – under 3:00 hours

Realistic Goal – 3:10

3 more days until race day. 1 more day until the expo! and now I’m off to Yoga!

Alex enjoyed the weather today too!

Published by Kristy

Finally made it into my 30s. Life is simple, rewarding, and full of lessons to be learned and goals to achieve.

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