I hadn’t run since last Saturday’s Chick-Fil-A Fall Stampede 5K because my running partner is sick and I’ve had scheduling difficulties, plus I’ve been feeling under the weather – not quite sick but like my body is trying to get there.
Until this morning! I went out about 6:45, as soon as it was light, and made it my goal to run each mile in 12-1/2 minutes or less. I’ve done that before but not in a long time and have been right at 13 minutes per mile for at least the last 6 weeks, as long as I’ve been keeping a log. So, 1 mile at 12-1/2 minutes means I should be at the half-mile mark at 6:15. I could tell I was starting out running faster than usual, and I got to the half-mile mark at 5:something. Woo hoo! At one mile I was at 11:52, more than 30 seconds ahead of pace! Thank You, God!
I should be at the 2-mile mark at 25:00. I was there at 24:29. Thank You again, God!
I should be at the 3-mile mark at 37:30. Actually, there isn’t a mark at 3 miles, just 3.1, and I was there at 39:15! I haven’t been under 40 minutes in a month! God, I don’t know how You made this getting-older, almost-sick body go faster, but You did! Thank You!
I did remember to move my arms forward because my running partner told me, “Where your arms go, your legs will follow.” I was aware of someone else’s advice to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth instead of in and out through my mouth, but I just can’t do that yet. I’ll practice it when I walk, but when I run, I need to get as much oxygen in as I can right now.
I feel really good. Yes, I am tired and I feel a little bit of soreness in my hip joints. No, not soreness, just awareness that my hips connect my legs to my trunk. But it’s a good tired and a good awareness! Ahhhh!!! I’m baaaaaaack!!!