Happy Tuesday! I ran a little more than 4 miles last night. It was snowing and quite lovely outside. I ran the first two miles as a speed challenge and was able to maintain an 8 minute mile for both of them. Picking up the pace is getting a bit easier! I stopped by a buddy’s house and we ran another 2 miles to a cute little cafe/pub and she had a beer and I had a glass of wine. Then we jogged a slower mile home. It was a very fun way to celebrate the end of a Monday.
Tonight I am going to Zumba class, and while I have kept up with running several times a week, I am looking forward to getting some exercise in the warm indoors!
I feel good right now. I feel strong. My leg muscles are becoming much more defined and my core is stable. I don’t get achy the day after running–even after my long-runs. I know this might change once I start bumping up mileage in preparation for the marathon, but I am soaking up these current feelings of accomplishment. The first half marathon I ran seemed like a crazy idea, before, during, and after. The second half was marginally less crazy, but the distance was still mind-boggling. You know what? 13 miles does not seem crazy to me anymore. I did 8 on Sunday and went about the rest of my day like a regular person. I’m noticing that my weeknight 3-miler has been replaced by a 4-miler. I just feel comfortable running a bit longer and a bit further.
Tuesday is a great day to break out my coffee mug that is as big as my head. It’s actually filled with water. Aren’t you proud of me?