Some Like It Hot. Holy bejeezamollie! It is only spring time and I am literally drenched and soaked in perspiration. I shudder to think what running in the good ol' Arkansas summer heat would be like and I know it ain't gonna be fun.
Five Miles. I ran a pretty good 5-miler. I don't know how my knee would react so I was a tad worried before I started. Strapped that Garmin on my wrist and lifted my arm up in the air like an antenna to try to get a good satellite reception - yes, I live out in the country. And I love my country living. Here's the stats:
Mile 1: 11:03/mile
Mile 2: 10:58/mile
Mile 3: 11:49/mile
Mile 4: 11:45/mile
Mile 5: 12:04/mile
Total: 5 miles in 57:40 minutes, average pace = 11:33/mile.
Food For Thought. I had quite an amazing start. My legs didn't have that lead-weighing down feeling and I actually felt kinda chirpy and had a certain bounce as I ran. Can I attribute it to that 1/3 of the Snicker marathon bar (Honey and Roasted Almonds) I chowed down just a minute before my run? The entire bar packs about 150 calories, so, 1/3 of it would be some 50 calories or so. Did that quick bite kinda help fuel my body for that first 2 miles or so? I felt a little tired and sluggish about 2.5 miles into the run and I was trying hard to channel my thoughts to other stuff and to keep going. I should have brought along the rest of that bar and kinda have a little snack to refuel along the way and see how I feel.
How Lucky. I was envious of Buttercup. She has no difficulty tee-teeing as we run along the main road. I forgot to use the restroom before my run and about a mile or so down the road, I realized that I am running on a full bladder. Not fun!
In Other Matters. I have read about a few other bloggers having injuries and having to reevaluate their strategies/plans for their upcoming half marathons and marathons. I thought long and quite hard about this issue since last Saturday rather disappointing run and even more so on today's 5-miler. I am evaluating the Country Music half marathon that's happening in 3 weekends. Maybe I should start letting that go and set my sight on something else a little later down the line. My knee felt OK at the end of today's run, but I kinda have a feeling that it will start hurting if I ran another 2 miles. I didn't get the chance to test it out. And I wasn't about to. I am cross-training tomorrow and will see what Saturday will bring.
I'm Thankful For. A pretty spring day. A cool running dog buddy. Knees that aren't hurting. Butterflies running alongside with me. And a safe, successful 5 mile run.