Runner’s high, like whoa

WOW.

Today’s run reminded me why I run – and why I love to hate it so very much.

It was one of those wow-I-could-run-forever days. My legs were moving along fine, my breathing was right where it should be, I wasn’t battling side cramps and I really took the time to stop and breathe in the entire experience.

I was IN the moment more than ever.

And it felt amazing.

Even during the tougher parts of today’s run, I thought back to my “why I run” reasons from a few weeks ago (an excerpt):

I run because it forces me out of my comfort zone.

I run because its an outlet for my mind to wander.

I run because it makes me feel alive – those moments when I don’t think I can push  myself any farther and somehow my body just reacts.

I run because I can do it outside, with Scott by my side – some of our best conversations (even if some are one-sided while I’m huffing and puffing!) are had when we’re running together.

I run because I heart runner’s high.

I run because its hard. It’s painful. It’s rewarding. It’s a rush.

Every single one of these reasons rang true for me today, in a big way. Especially the mind wandering, the rewarding rush afterwards. Those were huge for me today.

And the best part? It was my longest run to date – I still need to track it but I think it was around 7 miles or so.  Awesome. I even kicked it up at the end, quasi-negative split style per Kelly’s recommendation. I didn’t even think I had it in me to kick it out at the last half mile or so but, with Scott next to me rooting me on, and the finish line so close, somehow I flew to the finish.

AND you’ll all be happy to know that I actually enjoyed using my HR monitor today – mostly to feel out how I’ll probably end up using it mostly for running to keep my HR in check more so than to track calories (though seeing today’s calorie burn did give me a tingle, not gonna lie…).

Speaking of running, I’m sending good vibes and a little shout-out to Naomi who is running her first ever marathon today. I am in awe – I can’t even fathom what that must feel like. I am fully confident she’ll rock it today and can’t wait to hear how it all went down for her. Rock on, Naomi!