I did run this past week. Got my usual miles in at the gym and street running yesterday and today. I got a 4.6 mile run in Saturday and today I got a awesome 9.52 mile run done. Today's run was one of those runs where you feel great. The weather was perfect! I felt strong from the start. I didn't really think about my time. Didn't take my Garmin with me. I just wanted to run a nice, steady, easy run. But like I said, I felt strong right off. There was a slight ache in my right inner tight, but I just concentrated on my stride and keep going. It really didn't bother me much at all. I went out on one of my usual routes. I knew that way if I was feeling good, I could pick a neighborhood or two and add some miles. I also knew that if I wasn't feeling it, I could skip that and just head to the house. But remember what I said? I felt strong so I added a couple extra neighborhoods and ended up getting just over 9 1/2 miles. If it wasn't for a birthday party we had to get to, I'd have added a bit more and got an even 10.
I love runs like this. Unfortunately, they don't happen all the time. Just everyone once in a while. Cherish them when they do happen. With a run like this, you sorta lose yourself in the run. I had my iPod and had it set to a local country station. They were doing the usual countdown, so I had some good tunes to chill out to. As I mentioned earlier, the weather was great. Not too cold. A bit windy out of the East, but not bad at all. One thing about the wind, you usually get a nice tailwind also to cancel out the headwind. That was the case today.
Oh, I took my "Simply Hydration Bottle" with me on this run. I thought I'd stop for a drink around mile 4 or 5. But you know what? I'm one of those stubborn runners that doesn't like to stop. No matter what, I hate stopping. I had such a good rhythm on this run, I didn't want to interrupt it you know what I mean? Well, sure enough. I got to around mile 4 or 5 and just keep on running. I told myself I'd stop up the road a bit around mile 6 or 7. Nope, didn't stop then either. LOL Was just feeling too damn good! I ended up running the entire time without using the damn bottle. What's up with that? What is SO bad about stopping to get a damn drink? Is this just me or do other runners do this? I wonder! Seriously though, had I been dying of thirst, I'd have stopped for some water!
As always, remember "Real athletes run, all other just play games!"