Oh. My. Goodness.
Sometimes workouts become so automatic you zone out in a bad way. Not lately, my friends. Here are a couple examples: Last week sometime (yeah, I’ve been meaning to post several times…oops.) I didn’t want to do my “stupid run” because I was tired, sore, blah, blah. I headed out anyway, still not into the whole idea. About ten minutes in I decided to scrap the medium run for hill repeats. I know this is probably weird for most of you but I find hill repeats not that bad. Jogged down a good hill and ran up, down, up faster, rinse and repeat. Heart pounding, lungs throbbing, keep going. I went until I felt like my lungs and legs would explode. Then I took it easy running back. Annnnd how did I feel? Much better. Sometimes kicking your own ass is needed.
This brings us to yesterday. I eventually watched some of the NYC Marathon. Not only did it inspire me (hello…the men’s finish was AWESOME!) but it also invoked these thoughts: “Haha, suck-ers, you’re running 13.1/26.2 and I’m comfy cozy inside.” (Normally, just the inspiration strikes.) THEN I started to catch up on people’s blogs and OF COURSE the combo made me want to get out there. I love/hate you all.
My legs had a mind of their own. Instead of taking a left…I went right….and past the road I normal run down. I was getting into a rhythm and enjoying the day. I turned onto a different road and it had some MEGA hills. I devoured them and found out it looped around back to a street I did know. I kept along that road and then eventually turned toward home. My legs decided to go past that street though and this manner of no-plan running continued until the sun started to go down. I did have my reflective vest thing on but no headlamp so I decided to pack it up and not be an idiot. 😉
When I got home I felt so good that I did some shoulder/arm/back exercises and yoga to stretch out. It was an unexpected day. It was like my body was letting me know that I’ve been taking it too easy lately. I felt like I could run forever (or at least a couple more hours.) I need to try to remember where I went and go clock it but I think it was roughly a half in a bit less than 2 hrs. Though, I could be wrong since hills seem to make a course longer. 😉 Seriously though, I feel rejuvenated.
Today I did an easy 5k because my legs had some residual soreness in them, yoga, and had a date with the stick.