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Anatomy of a good run

Hi friends, welcome back!

Today was a great running day. I’m sure you already read my last few posts and therefore you know that I’ve been riding the struggle bus for a few days. Honestly, the struggles have been building for a couple of weeks now. Because of that, I decided to take a few days off to get some rest and to let my body heal from all the miles I’ve been putting in it. 

I’m so happy that I did, because it resulted in a great run. That got me thinking, what does the anatomy of a good run look like? To be honest, I don’t know. But today it was a combination of rest, cool sunny weather, and not having a plan that helped me find my stride.

My prescribed run for the day was 20 miles. However, after taking off 3 days to let lingering knee and hip discomfort heal I set out for my run not knowing if I was going to run 2 miles or 12.

I ran 15 miles. 15 wonderful, comfortable, fast miles at an 8:23 pace. In fact I felt so good that I almost kept going, but didn’t have any water or nutrition with me so I thought it best to stop. The cool 60 degree temperature accompanied by a nice breeze and a ton of sunlight shining down on me made it easy to push through hills, traffic stops, and the VU campus as pictured above. In fact unlike my last few runs which involved all my mental strength just to push through, the only thoughts in my head related to the run revolved around lengthening my route with each turn because it felt so good.

That said, I’m grateful for an off day on Monday and am looking forward to getting up early Tuesday morning for an easy 5 miles.

My gear:

I wore shorts and a long sleeve technical tee today with my New Balance Beacons on again. Things were more comfortable today, but I’m still finding that the way I land in the shoes is causing me to build callouses. The gear I lacked today was the water bottle I mentioned in my post last week about doing a 2 a day to reach 10 miles, and nutrition. On my long runs, 2 hours or longer,I like to carry a Honey Stinger Waffle with me that I eat about half way through for some extra energy. I find them to be quite delicious and far less chewy than gummies and less disgusting than gels.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll catch you after the next run.

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