For the past 13 weeks, I have run at least 3.1 miles on Saturday or Sunday (with one Friday thrown in there for the GLOW run) - either for official races or on my own. Me. Running, voluntarily, a 5K or more, every weekend. I've gotten up the last two Sundays and gone for a run - and these are my sleep-in days, people - I've been dressed, fueled up by both coffee and my athlete's candy, and have hit the ground running by 8:30 am. So weird.
There are times when I still don't recognize myself, and it's not just when I look in the mirror...this whole "runner/athlete" deal is strange. For example, yesterday when I was running at the park, I passed some women who were walking their dogs, and realized that to them, I'm a runner. I'm now the person who used to pass ME. I'm now the one who I used to watch run by, thinking I'd never, ever do that. And yet, there I am. Wow.
Oh, and guess what? My pace for my first mile was 9:27, which is really really fast (for me). I knew I was going fast - too fast, really, to keep it up for the entire run - but I felt good and it was just fun to be so speedy for a change. And this was running all by myself, with just my iPod to keep me company! I was rockin' my 70's and 80's playlist - started out with Right Back Where We Started From (good stomping beat...no wonder I was running so fast), on to Rock the Boat, I Think I Love You (Partridge Family, anybody?), Boogie Fever, Turning Japanese, Mexican Radio, Kung Fu Fighting, Why Can't We Be Friends, She's A Beauty, and finished the run, appropriately, with I Am Woman (go Helen Reddy!).
After my run, I had some VitaCoco water, which is really good - this flavor reminded me of Hawaii! Love the ingredient list: coconut water, pineapple puree, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Only 80 calories, no fat, low sodium...and a whopping 680 mg of potassium, which is great after sweating like a fiend...you know when even your wrists are sweaty that it's time to replenish!
I'm looking forward to Tuesday morning, when I will run again - hopefully with Jenny, who will be back from vacation. But even if she can't run with me, I'll be out there, with iTunes playing and feet flying!