Have you ever been on a run and it felt effortlessly? That is exactly how I felt today. I did an easy easy 6 mile recovery run today and it was suppose to be real easy. I brought my watch, but I didn't pay close attention to it. Sometimes I can get so caught up trying to hit a decent mile split that I work to hard on the easy days. I just read a good article in the new JanuaryFebruary 2009 Running Times magazine. The article was called "Running on the Shoulders of Giants". It discussed how some of Kenya's great runners take it real easy on their easy runs. Some runs were 2-3 minutes slower than their tempo pace. The main concept I learned from the article is that you should go easy on the easy days, so you can go hard on the hard days. Since I'll be increasing my mileage to 80-90 miles a week in this training session, I'll definetly need to take these easy days real easy.
Today's run also gave me a big appreciation for being fit. I was running around 7:00- 7:15 pace and trying to run slower. I felt real aware of my body and I was in a pleasent zone. Maybe it was the endorphins kicking in. I definetly had a runners buzz going on. I felt like taking off and droping the pace down too sub 6 pace, but I was smart and kept it easy. It felt so good that I wanted to keep running for a couple hours, but I forced myself to stop after 6 miles.
Day's like today make me glad that I'm a runner.
I didn't have time to blog yesterday, but I did get my 10 mile run in outside. Pretty good effort.
December 28th- January 3rd
1 year ago