Tonight I dressed in my obnoxiously bright, florescent green running shirt and white skirt to help me be visible as dusk set in. Too often our neighborhood turns into a super-speedway and I get nervous when the drivers don’t see me. There aren’t any sidewalks, so it’s a free-for-all.
I planned the route in my head before I left and went slow, steady, and RELAXED my upper body. My easy pace is slow enough that speed walkers could cruise right by me, but I don’t care because I’m moving.
The first mile was hard. My legs felt heavy and my neck and back were still tight. As I pushed through, I felt better and lighter. My aim was to finish just under or at four miles, but when my Garmin chirped that I was at mile four, I estimated I was still about a half mile from home. I thought about walking the rest of the way, but figured it would just take too long so I kept running. Another .52 miles I was home, and then I walked for .26 to cool down.I realize that I overshot a bit on the mileage, but I felt good at the end of the run. The 13:00 pace is probably why. Tomorrow I’m scheduled for 35 minutes of cross training. I think I may choose yoga to help stretch out my muscles. We’ll see.