Yesterday was my first run since the Princess 1/2 marathon on Sunday and it was a mixed bag. I participated in the St. Pat's Dash Training Run hosted by Brooks. The training run is around Greenlake and ends at Super Jock n Jill, where there were snacks and hydration provided by Nuun (my fave!) and they raffled off great prizes! They hold this event during the three Thursdays prior to the St. Pat's Dash and if you attend all three runs you get a special custom shirt from Brooks. Pretty snazzy!
So yesterday had been cold and rainy, so I had a feeling we would be running in the rain as well. No biggie, it happens. Well luckily the rain held off, but it was quite dark when we headed out at 6:30 for the quick 3 mile run.
Now last year my friends and I ran these training runs and we barely made it back in time for the raffle, which they start about 40 minutes after the run began. We would get in around 45-47 minutes, so needless to say, we were bringing up the rear. Well this run was no exception, we were still bringing up the rear (most runners around here are so fast, I feel quite inadequate when it comes to speed!) but this time it was different. The raffle hadn't started yet, we had run pretty hard (read: I was dying!), and the clock at the store read 7:05. Wait, what? Did I just make that run in 35 minutes? A distance just short of a 5K in 35 minutes?!?!
I felt good, oh so good about the run and my time! Especially coming off the heels of a half marathon this past weekend. I didn't think I would bounce back this quickly and to best my time from last year by almost 12 minutes! That's a HUGE step and big show of progress in just this past year. It was so encouraging and I'm still smiling about it today. I may not have won anything from the raffle, but I got the best reward ever, proof that my training is doing me well and that I can and will improve!
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Hope your Friday is great and that you have wonderful plans for this weekend. As for me, I'm back to training and it is 6 miles on the schedule for me. I may have just finished my first half marathon, but that doesn't mean I need to rest completely, I don't want to lose the mileage I've worked so hard to build up. So a nice and easy 6 miles for Saturday it is for me. Hahahaha...I'm laughing at the "nice and easy 6 miles" comment, whew...that made me laugh. To think back when one mile was a battle, now I can do a "nice and easy 6 miles". HA! Have a great weekend.