I JUST REALLY L O V E RUNNING!
I’m sure this is like the surprise of the century for most of you. Ya know, since this is a running blog and all.
Obviously, I don’t always love running…but today was one of those runs. Where the distance (6 miles) just seems super intimidating, but the weather is perfect so just suck it up and convince yourself that everything’s gonna be alright. And, then before you know it everything is going even better than aright. In fact, I was seriously questioning whether my Garmin watch was even functioning correctly when I saw my time afterwards. I shaved nearly 2 minutes off last Sunday’s 6 miler. 2 MINUTES.
How is that even possible? It’s gotta be a mistake. Some kind of witchcraft or wizardry at work. Wrong. It is the power of icing your legs/pelivs daily + a bad ass new workout playlist entitled “Beer > Boys.” You see, I decided to reward myself yesterday for being such a trooper through this whole first month of injury rehab with some new running music. So, I decided to download Carrie Underwood’s new album, along with a few other super fast tempo songs. Best decision I’ve made in awhile.
There’s always something about that first mile or two, that really gets me pumped up.
AKA mile 1 was ran at 9:10. Ya, you could say the new playlist was a successful investment. The minute ‘Champion’ started playing I was sprinting like made, even though I was less than 1 mile in. I just could not help myself. Because, that song is so damn powerful. Definitely one of my favorite’s off of Carrie’s new album. Then, like clockwork, things slowed a bit for miles 2&3. 9:20 pace. Still pretty darn fast, just harder to maintain because of the wind and riding front row on the struggle bus because s t r e s s.
I about lost my shit when I noticed that I was only at the 4..2 mile mark when I hit main street. Mainly, because I wasn’t entirely sure how the frick I was going to get in another 1.8 miles at a decently fast pace without any hills. Plus, I DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TO RUN PAST THE CREEPY ASS SCARECROW A BUNCH OF TIMES. Luckily, at the 4.5 mile mark ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ by Demi Lovato came on and all was right in the world. I was jamming out hard, without a care in the world.
I swear I was making all the struggle bus faces during that last mile or so.
You see, I have this really bad habit of running with my mouth open, tongue out like a dog whenever I’m super tired/out of breath at pretty much any point during my run. Which, normally isn’t a big deal cause it’s dark. And, on my shorter runs, I’m done before morning traffic gets too heavy. Well, today all that was messed up. It’s getting lighter and lighter out every morning these days. And, I seem to be seeing more and more people that I know while I’m on the run…always at the most awkwardest and wrongest of times.
So, basically runs these days are turning into psychadelic trips (Eric Church song reference). Which, I’m totally cool with as long as they stay fun and pain free and keep on getting faster. With one exception, I miss my deer friends. I’m pretty sure I must have scared them away because I have not seen them all week. Oh, and no rain. Period. Mud and puddles and me running do not mix well.
Anyhow, I finished today’s fantastical run in 56 minutes and 20 seconds. 9:23 average mile pace. Yay for new music and being motivated as hell to push your limits.