Have you ever had a really good run?…and then wondered WHY the whole time? I had one of those runs happen today.
I started out and felt okay. At this point in the run I wasn’t feeling good or bad, just neutral. I guess I can say, I was happy to notice I felt nice and recovered from Friday’s 18 miler. The pace felt steady and easy.
A little over a mile in and I had to go to the bathroom, of course. Luckily there were restrooms nearby. I figured this would ruin my rhythm and the rest of the run would be painful. Not so.
As I started up again I noticed I was keeping a decent pace and it felt easy. I just went with it and hoped I could keep the pace up for at least a little while longer.
From the moment I passed the 2 mile mark and STILL felt good, I immediately began reviewing what I had done differently this morning before my run. I only ate a banana. No Clif Kids bar today (one of my absolute favs). I thought that this didn’t seem like enough of an explanation, so I thought about how I slept last night. Pretty good, but woke up a few times because of the new neighbors upstairs. What did I eat yesterday? Lots, well more like, probably too much, including a giant cookie from Panera. Did I stretch a lot? Hydrate really well? Was it my new running shorts? The weather?
Before long I was running up hills and taking a longer route than planned because I felt great! WHY??
I couldn’t pin point an exact reason for why I felt so good. I wanted so badly to figure it out because whatever I did, I wanted to do it again and again and again. I want ALL of my runs to feel this way. Then I realized, if every run felt like this one, I wouldn’t think it felt as good. It would be an “every day kind of run.” Ah, I was driving myself crazy. Could I just put this run on replay for a while?
Before I knew it I was on my last mile before I would be home and I was running my goal marathon pace. Talk about an unexpected proud moment. I even hauled it up the huge hill I live on in order to keep a decent pace going. While running up it, I thought about how much it was going to hurt once I got near the top, but it didn’t! Of course it didn’t…it was my “feel-awesome-for- no-reason-run-day.”
Maybe I could give a little credit to training hard, but I still think there was something else! Or maybe I need to eat giant cookies from Panera EVERY day! 🙂
- Ever had a run where you just felt REALLY good?
- Do you wonder why you feel good as much I did today?
- How long before I get another run like this one?