The other reason why running has been so good is that I'm back to running with my original running buddy, Jenny, during the week. There is just something about her that I mesh so well with...now, I love to run with my friends, and am always happy to have someone next to me - but with Jenny, there's a difference. I don't know if it's partly because we used to do those hard workouts together back in the day, and because of that we know how much each other is capable of doing and therefore we can push each other a bit more, or that our strides are the same and we fall into an easy cadence when we run, but when it's good, it's very, very good. And lately, we've been good. No - we've been great. We do our warm up walk, and then get down to business.
Last Thursday, we ran our first mile super fast - we finished it, with walking every other minute, in 14:03. We decided to go for a second mile - since we started running together again (just a few weeks ago), the most we'd done was 1.5 miles. We ended up finishing that second mile in 13:35 - again, with half of that walking! I have to say, we were not able to talk while we ran, and we were barely able to get in a few words during the walks...this was the hardest I've pushed myself to run in a long time - and it felt great!
On Saturday, I ran with Amy and Julia - we did three miles on a humid, 70 degree morning. We set off and right away I felt great, so I pushed the speed a little. I'm not the one who usually does this - in fact, I'm usually the one lagging behind! We did our 1:1 intervals, and at one point Amy remarked that I was running fast...yeah, but it's been so long since I've been in the groove, I feel like I have to take advantage of it. We made it through all three miles, and the last mile was the fastest of the three! Now, I couldn't have kept that up for much longer, but still, it was exhilarating to have another awesome run.
Yesterday, Jenny and I had another great run that ended in massive amounts of laughter. You see, as we finished our cool-down walk, we came across a budding rapper's song, which, once we realized it was a song and not actually a list for a fast food run, I rapped aloud to Jenny. I believe the line: "forizzle my nizzle, extra salt on da frizzle" was what did us both in, although then entire song was golden. Here's a picture, in case you are feeling the need to rap:
"Dr. Pepper my brutha, another for your mother" - love it!