Today was, hands down, the best run I have ever had in my life. It was amazing for so many reasons and I will outline them here:
- I did not have any distance or time goals. I just told myself that I was going to run as long as I felt like running. I ended up running for 5.44 miles, and 1 hour and 20 minutes. Just the fact that I would voluntarily want to run that long, sort of blows all the neurons out of my brain.
- I did have a mini-goal of keeping an average pace of 15 minute mile or less, accounting for any walk breaks. My final average was 14:48. Yay! My middle miles were in the 12-13 pace range (yay) and my beginning and endings were around 16. I can totally live with this.
- Nothing hurt during this run. NOTHING. Not even my jankety old ankle. Not even my flat-as-pancake feet. Nothing.
- It was actually relaxing. It actually felt really, really good.
- I ran past the most beautiful scenery ever. It made my heart feel good to run around the perimeter of Cesar Chavez Park.
- The weather was perfect. It started out cool and I was happy to have my snuggy sweatshirt on. It ended up warm and I felt nice and toasty.
- Every single song on my iPod made me feel so happy and felt perfectly related to my run. I love running to “Don’t Fear the Reaper” (for obvious reasons?) and “Friend of the Devil” (…set out running but I take my time, the friend of the devil is a friend of mine…) But the song that always gets me is the Fray’s “You Found Me.” This song is my perfect running tempo and the lyrics just choke me up. Who found who? I found myself. Why’d I have to wait this long? I do not know.
Lost and insecure
You found me, you found me
Lying on the floor
Why’d you have to wait?
Where were you, where were you?
Just a little late
You found me, you found me
- Next: at the EXACT same moment I needed to pee, what appeared right in front of me? A Port-O-Potty. See? A perfect run.
I was really almost in tears when I finished this run. I looked at my Runkeeper. I just kept staring at it. And couldn’t stop saying to myself, you just ran 5.5 miles, ALONE, not as part of a race event, not with any friends, not for any reason except that you wanted to. And it felt good.
LOOK AT YOU, you 51 year old diabetic person! LOOK AT YOU!!!!!
November 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm
Oh I love that song. It was just playing the other day when I was coat shopping (I didn’t find a coat). Im always happy when that comes up on the ipod. It makes me sad though at the same time..because after all, they were too late it says.
November 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm
Yeah, it’s a really sad song but it moves me incredibly. And it does tell me that it’s not too late, ever.
November 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm
This is awesome Susan! Congrats on a lovely run!
November 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm
LOVE this!!! Congrats on a perfect run!!! Last Sunday’s run was kind of like that for me, even though I walked as much (or maybe more) than I ran.
November 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm
Happy happy happy for you! Makes me want to go for a run…it’s been a loooong time.
November 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm
Oh WOW! You look so HAPPY! And I’m so HAPPY for you! All snuggly with perfect music & perfect body & perfect scenery & perfect pee stop – you must be living right. Congratulations!
November 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm
This is simply beautiful and inspiring. Lady, I do love you so!
November 19, 2010 at 1:58 am
That’s amazing! Good for you! I love the feeling of accomplishment! It’s an endorphins and also addicting! Great Job!
November 19, 2010 at 7:20 am
merely seeing the title made this brokebottom woman JUMP FOR JOY!!
November 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm
Awesome!!! Way to go!!!
November 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm
That is so exciting!! Glad that it was the perfect run – it takes me about 15 minutes to get into my groove, and before I get to the “comfort” part of running I always want to stop.
I should just try that one time!
November 20, 2010 at 1:03 am
That sounds great! I love when runs are just bliss! 🙂
November 20, 2010 at 10:53 am
What an uplifting post. Just reading it brightened my mood. And, I do like it when you mention songs from your playlist. I usually head over to itunes and download a song or two. Here’s to lots more good runs for you, and keep the songs coming!
November 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm
Oh Foodie!! You look so dang happy that you smile is jumping off the screen! I love how happy you look!
Keep on trucking!
much love, jen
November 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm
Way to go, Susan!