Post Race Endorphins!
Yesterday morning my family and I participated in a local running race which took place along the river in downtown Calgary. It was such a beautiful day, sunny with a bit of a breeze and about 20 degrees Celsius - perfect. My daughters ran the 5 km together and my husband and I ran the 15 km - together. We haven’t run ‘together’ since we ran a marathon ‘together’ to celebrate our 15th anniversary. A marathon is a bit trickier because you have to take on the slowest persons pace for so long - yes I am the slower one!
The 15 was good, I was hoping for about 1:20 and that is exactly what we ran - my husband is a pace machine. I think I may have taken it a little slower at the end if I was alone but nope, not today! It felt good.
It had been a while since I had participated in a race (maybe 6 months) and now I am energized.
My girls had a great time as well and we are already talking about our next run in July - I love that my family shows up with enthusiasm! My son is joining us in July, he was busy studying for finals so I cut him some slack today.
I may even sneak in another race in June … Gotta love the post race endorphins!
Amby Burfoot, The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life (via moveyourbooty)
I love this….
Ran like a deer… in my eyes
I ventured out for my run today, it was a beautiful, sunny, crisp morning … but wow was I tired, my legs felt like bricks … I ended up cutting my distance by a few km by heading back home on a different route, a more icy one I might add. On the way I encountered a few young deer who were also running and walking and standing still. So today I considered my run to be “deer like”.
Although I loved the fresh air and sunshine I was just so glad to be done!!! It’s is great when you feel like you could go on and on during a run - today was not that day.
maybe it’s all in my head… and that is good
So I have made it through running everyday of what I consider to be the toughest months to run… January and February. The days were short and cold, and there were times when I just wanted to sit in front of the fireplace instead of layering up and going outside in the cold and snow. But I was committed.
A few of my motivating factors included that that I wanted feed my love of running and feared that if I broke my streak because of the weather, that would have been lame!; I wanted to conquer the cold and not be the one filled with excuses as to why I shouldn’t run; I was “streaking” with my daughter and we didn”t want to let each other down; and last but not least, I discovered that reading other running blogs was so encouraging!
Now I am loving the longer days, the warmth of the sunshine and the melting snow. I can feel spring in the air even though I know there will be more snow to come. I can already envision the buds on the trees and the fresh scent of growth after the dormant winter months. I can even feel a freshness in my legs …
How can the changing seasons be so impacting? Maybe it’s all in my head, but that is where it needs to be, right?