I’m solar-powered. That would explain how slow and low I’ve felt in the past couple of weeks while the weather’s been so bleak, while today with the golden sun beaming down on me, I felt as though my chest rose up towards the skies and my heart burst forth with beams of light, my smile was back on my face and I couldn’t help but wave and grin at every passing car. I felt alive again today with that canopy of cloudless blue skies over miles and miles of farmland — faded red barns, silos and rows and rows of moist, brown earthen furrows. I love living so close to the countryside that I can experience it on a daily basis. I’m so much more at peace when there are more fields and farm animals than houses in an area.
Though the speed has not returned to my legs (I imagine it’s a combination of a severe reduction in weekly mileage and my weekend mountain long runs fatiguing my legs), it felt like heaven to be running the roads again today. I believe I heard this conversation between my shoes and the asphalt this morning:
Road: You’re back! I really missed you. I’d started feeling something was coming between us, Asics!
Asics: I missed you too! Something had come between us: winter; the snow, the ice the slush and mud. It was hard to feel we still had the same connection through all of that. I’d started to wonder if we’d ever be together again.
Road: Well, we’re together again today! Let’s frolic while we can!!!!
My happy (though fairly slow) mile splits for today:
Mile 1: 10:22
Mile 2: 10:34
Mile 3: 10:14
Mile 4: 9:52
Mile 5: 9:46
Mile 6: 9:27
Last .17 (home stretch): 7:09 (FUN!)
Today’s temps: 35 degrees. No wind. Sunny. Clear skies! = Perfect Running Weather!
Stats: Elevation Gain: 452 ft. 6.17 miles. 9:58 ave pace. Time: 1:01 Felt: Happy