This year.....well, we all know where I'm at with running and it's not a happy place.
HOWEVER, when I saw THIS early in the morning
(yippee! It's coming back)
and I felt pretty good, I wanted to do THIS a little bit and see how I faired.
(St George marathon 2010 - my first ever)
I waited for it to warm up a bit (wuss), got my running shoes on (felt so good), strapped on my ipod, garmin and sunglasses and headed out.
Garmin died before I even left the driveway. Dead Battery. CRAP
Back in the house, swap out Garmin for heart rate monitor and decide to ignore distance and instead go by time.
Heart rate monitor in and out with heart rate (perhaps I'm dead inside?), decided: screw it - I'm going anyway.
Perfect temp, sun shining down on me, and while I was running INTO the wind - I was planning an out and back so I knew it would be pushing me on the way home. I did an easy two and headed back. As I came up my street and started to cool down, I evaluated how I was feeling. Not bad. So stomach spasm. No lightheadedness. My lower legs were numb (have been for a few days) but I felt steady on them and they didn't hurt. In fact, I felt like I could have gone much further! I'd only been out for 40 minutes, had kept a nice steady pace with a couple of sprints thrown in just for fun and I still felt great.
That pretty much made my entire day! Sure, I cleaned the house, the fridge, my car, some laundry and I am exhausted right now - but I am happily exhausted.
The two races that I REFUSE to give up this season: St George Marathon and USMC Marathon ARE ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!
I will teach my body who's boss. Oh yeah - she'll know that I OWN HER!
And that, was my own fun little marathon today. Congrats to all my running friends who ran TOU and Cedar City half today! Rockstars you are!