I think Meghan said it best in her Rock ‘n Roll race recap , “some days are meant for PRs, and others are meant to remind you what running does for your soul.” It really struck a chord with me.
Setting a sub-2 hour goal for myself was about more than just the number. It was about giving myself something to be excited about and to work toward. It was about giving me those butterflies when I get to the start line. It was about the challenge.
Just because I came up a bit short of my goal last weekend doesn’t mean in any way, shape or form that I’ve failed. It just means that I haven’t yet accomplished this goal. It gives me more chances to have that nervous excitement at the start line, to work even harder, and to give me even more of a reason to celebrate when I get there. I’m not disappointed in anything about my training or the race and I’m excited to continue to work toward this goal.
On that note, thank you all for your comments on my race recap . Those are the reasons I write this blog. You all are incredible, thank you.
Anyway, back to running. That’s where I am, and what I better way to get back into it than with new shoes.
I’ve been having a ridiculous shoe debacle for more than a year since Saucony updated their Kivara 1. I had about 10 pairs of them but the Kinvara 2s & 3s just never worked well for me. I’ve run in Nike Free for the last 6 or 8 months but they just aren’t ideal for distance (Sunday proved that it was time for a change). I also tried New Balance and Newton but didn’t find true shoe love with either of those.
Last week I tried on the Kswiss Kwicky Blade and really liked them. It’s too soon to tell if it’s true shoe love, but I have a good feeling about this one
On Friday, Meghan tweeted that she’d like to run the Clearwater bridges on Saturday morning and was wondering if anyone would like to run with her. I’ve been wanting to do some bridge running myself and happily agreed to join her.
She said she wanted to do 10 miles and get a few bridges in. I had no idea what her goal pace for this run was, and I really didn’t want to know. If I couldn’t keep up I would cut it short. If I could keep up, even better. I just wanted a “no pressure” run.
Patrick and I met Meghan yesterday at Pier 60 at 8am. The weather was beautiful. Have I mentioned how much I love Florida this time of year?
Photo Credit: Meghan
I’d run a route that I knew was about 6 miles and I was pretty sure if we added another bridge out and back that we’d be close to 10 miles. It’s not far off from the Iron Girl half marathon course that we’ll run in April. Meghan said that sounded fine and we were on our way.
Patrick joined us for the first 5 with the Sand Key bridge (2x) and then we tackled the Clearwater Beach bridge (2x) on our own. I haven’t run bridges in forever so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Our pace slowed about 30 seconds per mile on the way up. Not to shabby.
The rest of the run felt great, really great. My legs forgot about last weekend and my breathing was easy. It was nothing like last weekend. There was no pressure.
We ended up running the 10 miles together at a 9:39 pace. It was a good run.
Yesterday reminded me why I started running. For what it does for me; mind, body and soul.