That’s how I felt on tonight's run. Since I started running last July with Guenther , this is my third time that I have felt awesome both during running and after running.
Normally, the whole time I’m running, I’m questioning the wisdom of running and wondering what possesses me to keep doing this and how much longer do I have to do this for anyway? When it’s over, I feel pretty good – but not sure if its because its over, or because I feel accomplished.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not fast by any means…but sometimes I feel fast.
Sometimes, It's like my legs go on autopilot for a little while and just run on their own and I can concentrate on breathing and keeping my focus straight ahead, my core solid and just go. But tonight the whole run was like that and it seemed to go by so quickly!
I felt pretty good right at the outset of our run tonight and I attributed it to the route which is a gradual down hill incline (Cootes Drive). But by the third interval I was still feeling amazing and recovering very quickly in the 1 minute walk interval. We had decided to do 4 sets of 5/1 but after the fourth one we took a bit of longer walk break and then did another interval of 5 minutes running. About half way through the 5th interval, I was starting to doubt I could finish it. Leigh was our official time keeper and she fibbed about the time just long enough to help me push through the last interval. Thanks Leigh!
Our instructor, Carol, is awesome, always challenging us but not pushing in an obnoxious, competitive way. Tanya also runs with us and I love her quirky sense of humour, she often has me laughing so I don’t even notice the time go by.
So end of run, we had done 5 sets of 5/1 plus a warm up walk and a cool down walk. Our total distance was 4.97 km.
Oh before I forget, I want to give a shout out and a huge Congratulations to Guenther, who ran 5k in under 30 min the other day. He started running in July with me and put in the work, the time and sweat to meet this goal. He is proof that if you want something and you’re willing to put in the work – you can get there. He is a huge inspiration to me.