I have been loving training lately. I am now officially going on week number 3 of pain free running and it is awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I still get pains and strains here and there, but what I feel is the normal aches that come with running as opposed to a constant pain, and it is a very welcome difference.
This new ability to run pain free has made me realize how much faster I am able to run when I feel confident enough to push myself, and not scared that I will be injured even more. It is a fabulous feeling.
This weekend I was supposed to run 4-6 miles since I had the the Lowcoutry Trail Half last weekend, but since I took that race easy (not wanting to trip and hurt myself) my legs felt good and my coach agreed that I could run an 11 miler with a friend as long as I took it easy.
Long runs are always the best with friends because they seem to fly by. I hadn’t been able to meet her for a run for almost 2 months and had been doing all my long runs alone, so I was shocked at how fast this one went. I remember stopping at mile 3 at the car so we could grab something really quick and then next thing I knew it was mile 8 and we were taking a quick bathroom break. The miles in between had just flown by.
As we were running the last 3 miles she had a fabulous idea, why not run our last mile on the beach? We were running on Isle of Palms parallel to the water, but because of all the big, beach front houses you cannot actually see the ocean. I run on Isle of Palms all the time (I like checking out the beach houses and the feel of that area), but it had never hit me to actually run on the beach during a long run.
We decided that we would run our last mile on the beach and it was wonderful. The packed sand was pretty easy to run on and the view was spectacular. It was so fun to see everyone out on the beach soaking up the last few warm October days. I don’t think I would want to run my entire long run on the beach, but I love the idea of taking advantage of training and the beautiful place I live and running the last mile of my runs on the beach. This is something I fully intend on doing whenever I drive out to run on Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island now. Why not take advantage of our training and way we can right?
How do you take advantage of your training?
What special perks does it give you?
I use long runs as an excuse for Saturday afternoon naps, which I love.