So yesterday was my last long run before my half. I was on the fence about whether or not I was looking forward to it probably because last week turned out so bad. I began to wonder if I’m beyond good long runs because of my age or lack of a quick foot these days. The silly things that run through our heads that we ourselves allow us to get there. So I laced up and headed out mid morning with the warmer day’s weather peeking out behind fleeting clouds. I headed out at the “I can do this forever pace” per an article I read in some running resource this week. As I headed out I thought of Kelly Roberts, my favorite mentor, icon and teacher (she’d laugh at that) and that she would simply say to have fun. So have fun I set out to do. I focused on slow splits right around 10 minute miles because slow long runs are good and well….who wants to do fast ones anyway if it’s not a race right? One mile at a time I enjoyed the weather because it was glorious to say the least. I warmed up as I ran and as the sun came out to hang with me. I took it slow, stopped every 2 miles or so for a sip of Powerade and didn’t worry about what was waiting for me when I stopped or what was for dinner or anything. I ran with an open heart and a happy head and it was wonderful. I love runs like that because they remind me why I love running and they refuel me. I thought I might need a distraction like filming short videos on the run but I didn’t want to because I was just happy. I finished so strong and accomplished and knew I was ready to take on my race in a week. NOW I’m excited about it. I cannot wait to hit it.
I love racing and running. I hope I always do.