February 25, 2002

I had a gorgeous run this morning, but first I should recap the weekend…

Saturday, on the advice of my running “mentor” (see Friday’s second post) I cross trained instead of running 16 miles. I had the idea that I had to cycle 64 miles (4 miles on the bike for every 1 ran) but holy cow. Riding a stationary bike is boring! Even though I had my radio and a book, I couldn’t do it for more than 29 miles. Still, it’s longer than a marathon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also did half a mile on the stairmaster (also boring) and half a mile walking on the treadmill.

I think I really needed this break. My feet felt much better afterwards, and my cough is pretty much gone. It also took away some of the staleness in my running, gave me a fresh start. Which leads to this morning’s fantastic run.

Got a bit of a late start, hit my snooze button accidentally. Got to the park, temperature in the mid 50s or so, cloudless sky, no humidity, simply gorgeous. Plan was to run 3 laps around park, for a total of 5.3 miles (of a scheduled 5, but because of the size of the park, exactly five miles is difficult).

The first lap went well, and after I finished it, I stopped for some Gatorade. Started running again (by the way, didn’t walk at all this morning, which was a problem I had last week – too much walking) and a few minutes later (as if someone spiked my Gatorade with endorphins) I had this incredible feeling of happiness sweep over me. I either wanted to laugh or cry, but I settled for a huge grin instead. The intense feeling only lasted a few moments, but it lingered for the rest of the run. I could prolong it a bit if I closed my eyes while I ran. Fortunately, there was no one heading towards me to see this idiocy, and the surface of the path is smooth enough to do this safely. ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished the run in 1:06.17, which works out to 12:25/mile average. Not bad at all!

Tomorrow afternoon is my next run, 8 miles. It’s going to get really cold tomorrow, so I’m glad I don’t have to do it in the morning, when it’s supposed to be in the 20s or 30s. At least in the afternoon, it’ll be in the 50s, which I can handle better.