After the marathon on January 1, I decided this would be a good, if not, great training cycle. I had to have a better one than I did in the summer and fall. Last week was not very encouraging. I was not still feeling 100% from my cold and my body was still not 100% from the marathon. It was a hard week of running. It was the continuation of drudgery. Again, I decided this week would be better. It had to be!
I was excited all week for today's long run. I knew the weather would be great (35 degrees when I started). I knew I would be running totally in the daylight. I was planning on wearing my new shirt! I just had a good feeling about it all week. Today did not disappoint. The sky was a beautiful "good morning" when I went outside. It was streaks of bright pink, white, and blue. It was brilliant. It was God's sign to me that today would be beautiful! I ran 16 miles and it was a flat out amazing run. I wanted to smile the entire time. I was so happy. I was totally overjoyed to feel great while running. It felt easy and not like work. It was a life giving run. This is why I run. To be filled up and encouraged. I felt like I was finally coming up for air. I could breathe again and I was just so freaking happy!
I did not look at my watch often. Mostly I looked just to keep track of the miles. That was a freeing feeling...to not care at all about my race. I just ran what felt easy and what made me happy. Today was all about feeling happy!
I was even happier when I saw how consistent my splits were. The times just reaffirmed for me how wonderful and encouraging today was.
I know every run will not be this wonderful. But, the great thing about today is that I know what it feels like again to have a great run. Instead of drowning the entire time, I was floating. I can feel that feeling again and I know it will happen again.
EMBRACING the run in 2013!