I’ve still got it + Playlist

10 miles this morning. Done. Boom!

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Looks like I’ve still got it, friends.

My training plan called for 10 miles—my first double-digit run since the marathon last November—and I’m super happy with how the run went.

I slept in (the weather forecasted nasty weather all day, so I figured why wake up early) and got myself fed, dressed, and out the door by 9.

Though not beautiful at all, I couldn’t have asked for better long run weather—just the right temperature, not too humid, and not rainy. Perfect.

I enjoyed everything about this run. Some weeks the stars align just right and today definitely was an awesome reminder of why I love running long distances.

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Those last few miles I felt like I was just effortlessly flying…possibly my favorite feeling in the whole world. I ended up with a 10:13 overall pace for the run, which pleased me just fine.

I looked up my first 10-miler from my first cycle of marathon training and realized I kicked that run’s ass today!

8/28/2011 10 miles 1:48:54 10:53
7/7/2012 10 miles 1:42:05 10:12

Though the speed is nice, the best difference between those two runs is the way I felt afterwards. I remember feeling like that first 10-miler was never going to end and my legs were DEAD when I finished. Today, I was glad to be done, but I wasn’t watching the tenths of a mile pass by on my Garmin… and I could have kept going—my legs felt tired, but strong.

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What a difference a year (and regular strength training) makes!

That’s all the motivation I need to keep up my ST during this training cycle. I want to be strong and ready to conquer—not soft and nervous.

In case you’re wondering, here’s today’s playlist:

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It was a good one. (I’ve been obsessed with Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks this week!)

 

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See you tomorrow for Week 6’s recap!

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