Happy National Running Day
I am a little late to post since I didn’t exactly plan this out properly. I knew it was National Running Day but I have been crazy busy and although I had my run all planned out, I didn’t have time to think about posting beforehand. SO instead I will quickly share my run from this morning and why I love to run!
I started my morning off by waking up at 5:15 so I could get started early. Even though it took me a few minutes to roll out of bed I knew that I wouldn’t regret losing a few winks and getting a run in. My plan was to run at least 8 miles and maybe more if I was feeling up to it. I injured my ankle not too long ago so I wasn’t sure exactly how I would feel.
I drank some NUUN the night before to make sure I was hydrated and then drank some Vega Pre-Workout Energizer before I left for the run to give me an extra boost.
I am not going to lie, the first two miles were rough (they are always the toughest), but I was determined to keep pushing myself.
This was what I saw on my first mile…the air was cool but refreshing and the views were amazing…I really loved how beautiful the fog looked floating above the field.
Then I got to see this beautiful sunrise…SO worth getting up for!!!
Before I knew it I was in the zone and I knew that I as going to run as far as my feet could take me. I knew the route I was going and expected the hills that I encountered…I actually was looking forward to them. I am one of those strange people that enjoy the challenge of making my way up and the victory I feel when I reach the top.
This was one of the smaller hills that I went up….there were ALOT of hills!
When I got to mile 7 I really wanted to see if I could make it to mile 9, even though 8 was originally my goal. I felt good and it felt very doable. Soon I reached mile 8 and I was just rounding the corner from home…what if I could make it to mile 10?! I looked at my phone to check the time and it was on 1%…I planned everything else but forgot to charge my phone…who does that?
Needless to say, I ended up running 9 miles, my furthest run to date and at a 8:51 mile/minute pace. Not too bad and certainly nothing to complain about, although I would have loved to make it to the double digits. If my legs will allow it, I might try for a 10 miler this weekend!
I run because it makes me happy. It is my alone time and I love the peace I feel when all I have to think about is the next step in front of me. Often I get lost in my thoughts and find myself a mile further than I thought. I am so grateful for the running community, how supportive they are and all of the friends that I have made along the way. Although my running journey is really just beginning, I know the miles in front of me are only going to bring more joy.
How did you celebrate National Running Day? Why do you run?