After all that talk yesterday about guilt (which was awesome btw, some great comments in that post, you guys rock!), I was so, so, so ready to run when I got out of work. The weather was gorgeous and I was anxious to get my legs moving after spending 90 mins in the car en route to work and another 9 hours on my butt at my desk all day (seriously, whose idea was it to get a desk job??).
As luck would have it, the commute gods were on my side last night. I breezed home in less than an hour which is totally unheard of for my commute. <—can I get an *arm pump*??
I met my husband at the door (who was beaming after finally getting to test out his teaching chops in gym class all day!), gave him a kiss and threw on my Lululemon run shorts and off we went (I *was* wearing a top too, don’t be alarmed).
After a quick warm-up walk up the hill to our usual starting point, we agreed on taking the “pretty route” which is one of our favorite routes – it can be either 5 or 7 miles – and takes us by a golf course and over a bridge by the ocean (hence “pretty route”). In my head, I wanted to go the 7 mile route and figured Scott would be up for either. After our traditional quick “good luck kiss” – off we went.
The first couple of miles breezed right on by – my legs were almost buzzing with energy, I could practically feel them vibrating with excitement at being out and about in the fresh air (and not on the treadmill like they were on Tuesday for some interval work). Scott chattered away about his day, telling me how differently each group of students reacted during gym class. The 7th graders were quick to orchestrate a game of touch football; the 6th graders only wanted to jump rope, not alone but as a group of jump ropers (so interesting!); and the 4th graders wanted to play dodgeball (which quickly became kickball – after Mr. Sutera told them to pick another game that didn’t involve throwing things at each other…that game of kickball started out as let’s kick the ball at eachother…to which Mr. Sutera stepped in again to remind him what he’d just told them about dodgeball…haha).
While I listened to Scott (which was so fun, I just love the sound of glee and pure joy in his voice as he told me all about his day), I was also taking in the scenery and started to take note of our pace. As you all know by now, I don’t own a Garmin so I don’t know my pace per mile and all that jazz, I just go by how I feel (very unscientific and un-runner-like I know).
And what I felt today was speed. My legs were on their own wavelength, just humming right along. I mean, the rest of me was tired from the quicker pace, but overall, I let my legs do the leading, and I was just following along.
By the time we rounded the bend towards our final half mile, Scott told me to “kill it” so I pushed harder to get up the hill and back down the hill to our “finish line.” And honestly? Had it not gotten dark and my stomach wasn’t rumbling for dinner, I could have definitely kept running for another mile or even more. I felt *that* good. My legs were so, so, so happy. I heart happy legs!
Other than this being an awesomely speedy seven (probably my best 7-miler ever as I tweeted out last night), I kind of have to admit – I liked running at night for a change of pace. I still think I’m definitely an AM runner at heart, but it was kind of neat to watch the night settle in. I’m so used to running in the dark and watching the sky brighten slowly as morning arrives that running after work (while it’s still light) and watching the sky slowly darken as evening arrives was kind of a neat comparison. There was no sunset to be seen, but the sound of those crickets is one of the best sounds on earth – especially those crickets chirping in sync with our feet hitting that pavement.
This is runner’s bliss in my book, utterly and totally. ❤
*High five*! Great run! I changed things up too and went to Spin last night. Definitely was nice to mix things up. As I write this, I am still lying in bed trying to force myself to get ready for my morning run – this was some much needed motivation to get myself going!
Nothing better than a fast run and a bit of a runners high after work to take the edge of the day. That’s my kinda addiction!
Seriously, it totally reset me – mind and body – after a LONG day at work. Especially a great way to catch up with my husband on his day while chasing that ever elusive runner’s high 🙂
LOVE this sis! I was smiling reading it 🙂 That’s how my ‘run like the wind’ run felt last week, my legs just MOVED and it felt great. My last two runs felt that way too for the most part. It is SO motivating too, isn’t it? And PS, love hearing about how happy Scott is!!! YAY!
I was smiling writing it! 🙂
When I have a run like last night’s, it makes me remember why it is that I run and why it is that I LOVE it so very much. Last night was particularly awesome getting to hear all about Scott’s day at work, the joy in his voice was just the coolest 🙂
First of all, you are not weird for not owning a Garmin. I have one, and I very rarely use it. I actually became a slower runner after I bought the stupid thing. I blame the watch 🙂 I like to run based upon feeling…if I feel slow, then I’m slow. If I’m speedy, then great. And I LOVE to enjoy the sights.
Oh my gosh….that is the BEST feeling. I love it when my legs don’t feel like lead and I just kind of float through the run. That hasn’t happened for me in awhile. I’m actually thinking about getting some compression socks to help…but I digress. Sometimes changing it up helps tremendously. Arghhhh, I know what you mean about the desk job…after sitting around all day, the last thing I want to do is go home and sit some more!
What a wonderful evening -so glad you enjoyed it!!!!!
I’m SO glad I have a running friend that isn’t addicted to their Garmin! I just love to run based on how I feel and it works for me, and it prevents me from getting all obsessed with numbers and stuff. Something I try hard to avoid if at all possible (numbers).
I haven’t had that “legs could go forever” feeling in awhile so it was a welcome return last night, lemme tell ya! LOVED LOVED LOVED!! (Oh, let me know if you get compression socks, those intrigue me too…)
Changing it up this week was exactly what I needed, SO glad I went with it!!
That right there is the “runners high”. Love.It.
I like the tradition of a “good luck kiss” – too cute!
I’d call it UBER runner’s high, super-duper wicked awesome runner’s high 😉
I am sure some think the “good luck kiss” tradition is dorky but its my favorite part of our runs!
Though it doesn’t happen to me often, runner’s high is such an amazing feeling! I used to be much more of a pm gym goer, so when I first started going in the morning, it was such a cool feeling to be up before the world had really woken up. Funny how just a change of routine gets us noticing the beauty that surrounds us!
I can totally see the case for working out in the PM vs. AM or vice versa…and maybe I’m just a fitness freak, but I actually am finding that I love BOTH options. They have a time and a place. Overall, I think I love running MOST in the morning, but the evening will be fun to toss in now and then too. That’s what this run taught me (other than the fact that I freakin’ LOVE to run, that is…hehe)
Nice work on your awesome 7 mile run!!! Sometimes change is good and a little refreshing! Glad you liked you night run!
I am so addicted to my garmin that it’s not even funny. I rarely leave it at home but when I do, I am always surprised at how effortless the run felt. That’s probably because I wasn’t obsessing over pace the entire time.
That’s exactly what would happen to me if I owned a Garmin which is why I do not own one!! 🙂
I’m glad that you can at least *sometimes* go for a run without it, it’s quite freeing isn’t it?
LOL – loved the chatter during the run 😉 And I love that you have named routes like that. I wish I enjoyed running in my area more. My routes are either you got over the bridge, right or left. That’s kind of it. So it comes down to HUGE ass hill, long boring stretch, or the usual route. Which will make more sense when you run with me 😉
I thought you might like that 😉
LOL love the “names” for your running routes – I’d probably aovid the “huge ass hill” route personally hehe 😉
Well, we can look at the huge as hill and then run either right or left when you get here 😉
haha very good point 😉
this is awesome lady! you have more speed in you than you realize!! it is always nice to have a change of pace and try out a new time of day, what the hell why not. Congrats 🙂
maybe you’re right, speed and me don’t mix…at least I didn’t think so but maybe it’s just been hiding out on me this entire time just waiting for the right moment to pop out 😉
top 10 best things to experience. a speedy run when you least expect it. 🙂
YES!! It’s the best surprise ever!
Oh wow, your evening run sounds so much fun, enjoyable and a challenge too. Well done for running the best 7 miler, that is amazing!
Interesting about what Scott said about the kids and the sixth graders wanting to play as a group of jump ropers. I think that age don’t want to be singled out and wanted to be identified as a group and they all seem to wear similar clothes. Well done again on the run!!!
Thanks friend!! You’re the best 🙂
I totally thought the dynamics were so intriguing between the different age groups, so interesting!!
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WOW! Awesomeness! What a great run!
I wish ALL runs felt that good!!!