Three years ago, I ran my first double digit race. It was the Army 10 miler and I actually ran it fairly fast for me. (9:30 pace) When I got done, though, I was wiped. I could barely walk back to my car and was majorly stiff for days afterwards. The next spring I ran my first half marathon. I ran it in about 2:20, but again, I was completely wiped at the end and sore for days. In fact, my direct quote from my post about finishing it was:
“Short of natural childbirth, it was the hardest physical thing I’ve done in my life thus far, but I did it.”
Sunday I ran a hilly half marathon. Most of the comments I’ve heard about the course were that is was a challenging course. I ran it at about the same pace as my first half marathon (if you subtract out our long bathroom stop.) And it was easy. I felt awesome the whole time. I was happy the whole time (probably obnoxiously so). The only time I felt at all winded was when I got talking too much and forgot to breathe LOL. When I got done, I felt like I could have kept running for a lot more miles.
Yesterday I went out for a recovery run. I ran 3.7 miles in my Vibram five fingers. I wasn’t even a little bit sore. My legs felt great and I had plenty of energy. In fact, I ended up running the middle two miles at 8:59 and 8:44 respectively and I didn’t feel like I was killing myself.
I’ll never be a one of the fast kids and I may never beat the PRs I set last year, but I’m amazed at how far my body has come in it’s ability to handle lots of miles and recover quickly. I’ll take that over speed, anytime.
Next up: my first 5k race in the Vibrams. Yes, I’ll be the one at the Clarendon Days 5k rockin’ the funky shoes. Too bad my running skirt clashes. ;o)