After a cloudy weekend, the sun was back out today!!! Sooo nice! Too bad it was still only in the 30s when I ran this morning.
Let me just say that my run was GRAND this morning. I came within feet of 3 deer, I saw the sun rise in the most beautiful way and I totally freestyled the route. And I felt really good. My body is interesting in the fact that I can pretty much tell right away what type of run it is going to be. Like yesterday, I felt sluggish from the start and it held the whole run. Today, within the first dark, cold half mile, I could tell I just felt 'on.' Like I got in my pace and locked in. I didn't even bother to look at my Garmin and just WENT. When I finished, I figured my pace would be in the low-mid 8's per mile (because it felt fairly comfortable the whole time). Buttt, it was great to see instead that I ran the 10 miles at a 7:42/mile pace, with all the splits pretty much within 10 seconds of that. This was probably the best part because I tend to be inconsistant and all over the place with pacing. Last mile = fastest = 7:36. Just how I like it. Not a bad way to start the day at all.
Theennn, I SWAM after work. Ahhhh. Seriously, it is like a treat for my body. And, like running, I HATE looking at the clock/knowing how long I have been going. So, I just start swimming and when I think it has been awhile I check by feeling how 'pruny' my fingers have gotten. Seriously, I have it down to a science. I can almost tell to the minute how long I have been in! Today's swim was especially amazing, just because it had been a few days since I last hit up the pool. My pull series wasn't super-strong but whatevs. I keep swimming low pressure.
And now I'm back at mi casa, trying to pack up my life for the upcoming move. I will probably hit the sack when it is still light out because I have bakery duty in the morning + teaching + swim class, so it will be a 14 hour day (with a run in there somewhere!) I know lots of you out there are super busy this time of year, but we will all get through it!
Hope the sun is shining where you are!