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Last week I meant to do a 4 mile run for my 10% distance increase per week...that didn't happen. I did two 3 mile runs. And a hilly and humid 2.5 mile run outside on Saturday. I feel like I'm forgetting a run in that recap, but it wasn't any longer than 3 miles. Meh.
Tonight I hit the gym knowing I needed to run at least 4 miles. The last time I ran 3 miles I had that feeling "I could have kept going..." just the gym was about to close. Tonight after I was 1 mile in I decided to push it to 5 miles. I completed the run in 48:29. It was one of those runs where you just feel great and want to run forever! Words cannot describe how much I've missed that feeling. I also took the treadmill up to 8.1 at the end... I've missed seeing 8's when "sprinting" to the finish.
The crazy thing is I'm not sure I was running this fast pre-injury. I think I could have probably done it, but wasn't pushing it so hard. Now I've just decided my pace is going to be at least 6.1 when I step on the treadmill (9:50 min/mi) and I'll build my training distance up at that pace. Maybe I'll have to slow down on longer runs, but I hope not. The run tonight averages out to a 9:41 min/mi pace. Um, HELLO first 5 mile run since MARCH!
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