Yesterday was interesting and fun and spontaneous!
I accidentally pulled a two-a-day in my runs yesterday… but it was totally awesome and for a good reason!
And let me also say, that yesterday again reassured me that I am doing the right thing in gaining weight and getting healthy! But let me start at the beginning–
Run #1– 7 miles
I drove to a near by park with some AWESOME hills and a 1 mile loop that hits all the best ones! ((I secretly love hills!)) I did 7 laps for 7 miles! I ran without music again… I started off with music and within 3 minutes I was so annoyed by the noise in my ear I had to turn it off. I guess this is a new thing for me!
Anyways, my legs were only slightly tired from the 10 mile trail run (aka the greatest run ever) on Tuesday, but they carried me just fine and made for a great little workout!!
I came home and showered and spent the rest of the day helping my mom get ready for her party that she was throwing at our house tonight! So basically… LOTS of cleaning and prepping!!
Run #2– A 1 mile Brewery Race!! ((1/2 mile warm up, 1 mile race, 1 mile cool down))
As I am lounging on the couch, showered and tired and in total lazy mode, my dad comes home from work and quickly changes into his running gear, announcing he is running a 1 mile race for a free beer from The Thr3e Wise Men Brewery. I asked him who he was running it with, and when he said “No one“, I felt so sad and thought of ALL the races he has done just for me and my selfish desires for a running buddy. So I jumped off the couch, threw on my still sweaty and gross running shorts and sports bra and jumped in the car with him!
I had no plans to race or even run hard. I was tired from Tuesday’s trail run and my first run of the morning… But get me in a competitive atmosphere with a bunch of runners, and I just gotta give it my all! I honestly think that is something I was born with– this desire to compete and leave everything on the road. I just always want to do my best, whether that be in school or in sports.
Well, we got to the start line and I started at the very back. The race was SUPER casual. No chip-timing… not even a ‘gun’ or megaphone for the start! Just a, “Ready, GO!”
I took off from the back and finally made my way to the start line. I of course forgot that without a chip timer, I just lost 12 seconds on the leaders from the get go! Oops! I decided I wanted to race it, so I took off and started picking off runners, one by one! I love coming from behind!
I finished as the 2nd girl, and to be honest I easily could have been 1st if I had just started near the front!! I got a time of 5:50 and was pretty darn pleased considering I had already done my workout for the day!
I felt strong, and even though my legs were tired, they were pushing hard and responding to what I wanted them to do! THAT right there is called fuel and nutrition!! I am getting stronger!! I am able to run a hard mile after two hard workouts in a row!! That would NEVER have happened a few months ago!
**This race AGAIN proved that this whoooole journey I have embarked on this summer (aka OPERATION GET HEALTHY!) is totally worth it! My body is loving the food and fuel I am giving it! I need to keep it up!!
So that was my fun, random, running filled day!! I LOVED IT!
Have you ever run a spontaneous, EXTREMELY LAST MINUTE, race?
Thoughts on a very very short 1 mile race??