Run number 1 - Tuesday: Four miles with Diane. Temperature was 70 degrees, humidity was 100%, with a very slight breeze. We ran our usual intervals (run 1:30, walk 45), but we were running faster than usual, and we both mentioned it, but didn't really slow down. The nice thing about doing intervals is that yes, you can run faster than normal, but it's only for a set period of time before you get a walking break. By the last mile, we weren't chatting at all, and when we finished, I realized why - that was our fastest mile, by close to a minute! Crazy - usually we start off fast and then slow down.
Diane and I after our 2 miles on Global Running Day.
Run number 2 - Wednesday: Global Running Day, which meant of course we were going to run! While I prefer to have a day between runs, we couldn't pass up the celebration. I've made it a point to run every year on Global/National running day since 2010, except for the year of my injured ankle. Temperature was 70 degrees, humidity was 88%, no breeze. We ran our usual intervals, but once again, were running faster than usual for us, and our last mile was one second faster than our fast last mile the day before! What the what?! It was weird.
Brooks had an online event for the big day where you could sign up to become officially endorsed by them and get a check for a dollar (I'm thinking I'll splurge and buy a GU with that buck, LOL), and you could also upload a picture - I just happened to have one from my birthday run where I was wearing a Brooks shirt and visor, so I had to do it. What can I say - I enjoy the crazy camaraderie of being part of the running community!
Run number 3 - Thursday: I woke up feeling a few twinges in my hip and ankle, but we had a plan for today's run, so run we did. Temperature was 72 degrees, humidity was 78%, with a slight southern breeze. Diane and I ran the first mile doing intervals, and then we ran the second mile straight through. This is the first time I've run a mile straight through in forever - seriously, it's been close to a year, I'll bet. But it's something I've been working on for the last few weeks, and I've been building up to that distance on our Thursday runs - and I did it!! I had a bit of a side stitch for the last quarter mile, which I haven't experienced in a long time, but that's OK - it was still a great run.
We were treated to a beautiful pink sunrise on our Saturday morning run - it was hard to capture in pictures, but it so nice to see in person!
Run number 4 - Saturday: Group run with the Renegades! I ran with Diane, Cary, and Julia - we set out to do 3 or 4 miles (gotta love not being in training mode). Temperature was 68 degrees, humidity was 94%, with a whisper of a breeze occasionally. I felt great the entire run - we ran intervals, chatting and enjoying each other's company, and as we were nearing mile 3, I suggested taking a little half mile detour but was voted down - hah! However, as we approached the turn toward the clubhouse, Diane said she'd keep running with me if I wanted to go a little farther, so we kept going, but so did Cary and Julia...we ended up doing an extra half mile, for a total of 3.5 miles. Once again, I finished a run feeling fantastic - what a great way to end a week of running!
As you can see by the temperature and humidity levels I listed for each run, we didn't have optimal weather; I might be getting more accustomed to running in it, but that still doesn't explain so many great runs in a row. Sometimes, there just isn't a rhyme nor reason for why running feels so good, but when it happens, it's cause for celebration!