It started when my friend, Mer, and I ran yesterday morning for 2 miles. We decided to meet at a local high school and run on the track. It was so great! We said from the beginning we were running an "easy 2 miles". I wanted to get in a run, but knew that I was running 3 miles with Coach T today and didn't want to overdo it. Yes, we did a 14 min pace, but it was so lovely. Ideally, I could have bumped it up a little, but that was not the plan. The plan was "an easy 2 miles" and it felt awesome. It was nice to just jog and catch up with my friend instead of pushing harder, trying to listen instead of focusing on the fact that I am dying/hurting, and hardly being able to join in the conversation because I cant breathe.
Then, this morning, Coach ran a 5k with me. It was AWESOME! I can say I really enjoyed it. We kept it slow & easy because I wanted to preserve my energy so I can actually finish well. We got to the half way point and I felt great. At 2 miles, T asked how I felt and I was getting a little tired, but still felt pretty good. We got to 2.5 miles and I said, "This is awesome! Let's do 3.1, just for fun!" And she then gave me my surprise that I was intended to get later. "We already were going to do that!" The last 1/4 mile, I told her to gradually speed up & I would keep up w/ her. I ran easy and finished strong. THAT is exactly how I want to race next weekend.
I can say that after today's run, I am REALLY excited about my Comeback 5k next weekend. I have decided I do not care about a finishing time, I just want to run the race and run it well. I will have Mer running with me and T and G are coming back to run the last part with me when they finish. I think I will have them pick up speed again and I just follow them in. It will be so much fun! I just know it!!!!
Oh yeah.....if you can't tell how happy I am, here is a picture to show just how I felt after running the "practice 5k" today.
"There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment."
~Norman Vincent Peale