So today felt like a big deal. I just got back from an amazing 6 mile run and I haven't done that in a while! I thought 6 miles wouldn't happen again until after pregnancy and if it did well...it would mean lots of walk breaks, bathroom breaks, and take forever. I'm not sure why I thought this. Maybe because I've never been pregnant so I'm just learning as I go. All I know is that today was a sweet gift and I enjoyed every moment.
I needed to feed my sister's pets while she and her fam were out of town and she lives exactly 3 miles from me. It is perfect really. I always feel silly driving there when I know I can run. Since it was Saturday, I decided it could be a long run and I could go as slow as I needed to get there. I like destination running.
I headed out and the morning was still cool-ish although warming up fast. I walked the first 2 minutes and then started to jog. I made it all the way to her house without needing a pit stop and that, in itself, was a pretty big feat. I usually need one by mile 1 but try to push to mile 2 before stopping. I took care of the dog, the cat, the fish and the guinea pig, used the facilities and drank a few sips of cold water before I headed out again. I ran all the way home. It was SO EXCITING! I told myself I could stop at the park that was halfway between our houses, but I didn't need to.
My goal was to see if I could do the run at sub 10 minute pace, but I was sure I wouldn't be able to, especially with my walking warm-up that is always part of mile 1. WELL! I was pleasantly wrong again! Here are the splits.
Mile 1 - 10:37
Mile 2 - 9:38
Mile 3 - 9:19
Mile 4 - 10:06 (gotta get cranked up again)
Mile 5 - 9:42
Mile 6 - 9:13
Overall time was 58:39. I was surprised, thrilled and sooooo grateful! What a great run! What a beautiful day! And the smells were lovely too because everything was blooming along my route from honey suckle and jasmine to some white flowered plant I can't name. I breathed it in, thankful for every comfortable step.
So, there is this upcoming 10k that I'm registered for because they canceled it last year. It is May 5 and now I'm thinking it is doable and I'm excited about that too. I refer to it as my pregnancy marathon (although women more pregnant than I am are out there running marathons too). Being pregnant is such a blessing, and I had no idea there would be all these others to go along with it.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend filled with your greatest running experiences yet!