Just got back from my run this morning and I’m not sure when was the last time I’ve enjoyed a run so much. Schedule called for a one-hour hilly run; for some reason, this just filled my heart with joy. I was looking forward to the run!
Some of it probably has to do with our quality workouts from the past couple of weeks. When we were in Zilker Park, I realized that I felt quite good running up the little hill. Is this from the cycling? Strength training? Being “Ironfit,” as a friend would say?
Ironfit: adjective. Possessing the proper physical conditioning to complete at 140.6-mile triathlon trademarked event known as Ironman.
Who knows, but I feel strong. Another couple of factors contributing to the positive mood were surely the cooler temperature, lovely breeze, and slightly overcast morning.
I picked about the hilliest route in my ‘hood that I could do. I managed to run UP both the big hills on Lost Horizon (one going out and the other as I came back in), the complete out-and-back on Floral Park, and the uphill on Rain Creek between the ends of Lost Horizon. I filled out my time with an out-and-back on Bluegrass to complete the hour.
Would you believe I hadn’t run this route since ’05? I’ve been off-road and doing other things since then. And while my time was a bit slower, the last time I ran it was in January and I was doing nothing but road then.
I love changing my training up like this — it makes me all excited about running again in what feels like a new way — but I’m still basically doing the same old stuff.