I was so excited about my run yesterday I wanted to post right afterwards, but unfortunately I got involved with other activities and didn't get to it. Some of the "high" has worn off, but I still wanted to post about it because it was really great. It was my first outdoor run since November 20th!
The day started out lazy as Fridays tend to, but I finally got my arse out of bed. I drank a bunch of coffee and then decided I would run outside in the sunshine. The streets have been cleared of snow with the warmer temps so I felt confident that the ice danger would be low.
The sun was magnificent! I actually felt warm, nothing cold except my nose, but luckily my neck gaitor works beautifully. I wore two layers on my legs and three on my arms, plus a Bondi Band on my ears, gloves, and the neck gaitor. It was the first time wearing my ugly new shoes outside and they performed great! I have been enjoying the shoes and using them for every run. My leg is not 100%, but it feels quite a bit better.
I was thinking this as I ran (it's kinda corny, but I wanted to share it anyway):
Today is about the run
And getting out to enjoy the sun
While my legs carry me
To the place where I feel free
Aside from the potty break at around 20 minutes, I stayed out for about an hour. I completed a 5 minute warm up walk and then ran for 5 miles. It was really awesome to feel the sun and breeze on my face. There is nothing like it. I didn't go out with a distance goal, or a pace goal, or any other goal except to run as far and as long as I could without freezing my tookus off. And it ended up being one of my best runs to date. Go figure! I'll have to keep that in mind as I endure the treadmill in the coming days because today the snow came back, and the streets have turned white again.