After the rain cleared, Wednesday was a gorgeous day in Cleveland.
I don’t know what the official high was but it was projected around 60-degrees and it sure felt like it. The sun was shining, the wind was calm and I had to get out there and run. This struggling winter runner was out there in capris and a T-shirt!
Mile 1 – 12:01
Mile 2 – 11:54
Mile 3 – 11:26
Mile 4 – 11:51
0.65 Mile – 17:52 (walking cool down)
After much dismay with winter weather running during this training cycle, I’ve now already had more outdoor runs this week than I have had all winter. I am finally starting to feel like a runner again! I wasn’t dreading the mileage. I wasn’t obsessed with my pace. I just went out there for the sake of feeling good and wanting to run.
At one point I debated going for 6-miles. It sounded impressive but as I reached 4-miles I realized my body was saying it was time to cool down. I definitely felt this one in my legs. Generally running outside takes harder different toll on the body than treadmill running, and I could feel it.
This run was great for my self-esteem, proving that yogi that took over my body this winter is still a runner underneath. And more so, this run helped pump me up for the 2012 racing season and the upcoming Rite Aid Cleveland Half-Marathon.
I played it smart. I’m feeling good today and ready to tackle the next run.
*Read my 2012 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Blogger disclosure here.