It’s Aloha Friday~ no work til Monday~. (I love listening to this song on the radio on Friday mornings)
Today’s Run: 5.52 miles @ 8:56/mi average pace. Not as fast as I thought but my whole body felt super heavy and tired this morning when I took off. Not much elevation gain because I only went halfway up the usual route (the long hill, can’t avoid this when you live in this area).
But I tried a new thing where I went to the district park and did some sprints on the grass.
People say when you run, you go into this zen-like status and don’t think about anything…but that never happened with me. I think of a gazillion things when I’m running- from weather, how beautiful the sky is, how gorgeous the mountains are today, to why is it raining, to ahhhh the rain feels so good, hmmm I didn’t see the usual old guy today, I have to take out the salmon/chicken/beef/(whatever food) out of the freezer, to all sorts of different things.
Today, I actually did not think of anything when I was sprinting. I wondered (later), is this what these people were talking about? You think of nothing? Honestly, I don’t think I had the time or strength to think of anything but to run… I was pretty amazed at how fast my legs were going round and round, kind of like a cartoon figure… but of course, I couldn’t keep it up for that long so I would sprint from point A to point B, jog, then do it again. I think I did this like 5 or 6 times… I don’t even remember.
I didn’t want to end my run with just 4 miles today so I went up the hill again and came back down to finish at 5.52 miles.
When I looked at my stats, I thought my Garmin was wayyyy off because my best pace said 3:40/mi. I was like haha, there’s no way, but maybe that was when I was sprinting!
I also finished my run with a 5 min plank again. I’ve been making sure to do this plank after my runs (when time permits). Ages ago, I read from a blog on Lululemon’s website that the group of runners (I guess Lulu’s running group) would always end their runs with a plank. I think this helps me with having a strong core because most of the times, when I run in the morning, I don’t have time to do anything else but just squeeze in that plank time.
Felt good and a great way to start my Aloha Friday 🙂