I knew it was going to be a good day when it started with a Reese’s egg. After getting Ella down for her morning nap, it was my turn to hit the pavement for my last longish run before the half marathon this weekend (eek!). Nancy ran 20 miles on Saturday, Jim did awesome on his first 12 mile run ever and Josh completed a 9.5 mile run at a blistering 7:15 pace.
As I laced up my shoes, grabbed Nancy’s Garmin, got some directions from Jim and headed out the door I was hoping for a good run myself.
It was a perfect running day. Sunny with temps in the low 60’s. The wind picked up but was bareable. When I left the house I decided that I was going to ignore the watch because I just wanted to enjoy my run. It didn’t matter how fast I went because it was just time on my feet.
I had made it up and down the first hill when I hit a stop light. I paused my watch and was shocked when I looked down and saw that I had covered that mile in 8:25. What? I continued on. I ran to a lake near the Van Kirk’s house enjoying all the green grass and flowering trees. Colorado has nothing of the spring beauty of Nebraska.
My legs felt strong and I just lost myself somewhere in the scenery and Lady Gaga.
When I turned around and hit the same light again, I looked down and realized that I had less than a mile until I hit a 10k. I decided I wanted to power up the last hills and really push myself. Push myself I did.
I was gasping for air running with all of my might for that last .20 miles but I did it. I set a new 10k PR.
Time: 52:19 Avg. Pace: 8:26 min/miles
I returned to the house with a big smile on my face. It felt good to prove to myself that I’m faster than I think I am. Even with hills I kicked that run’s butt. I’m confident that I can complete the Lincoln Half in under 2 hours.
The rest of the day I spent ‘refueling’ and with Josh’s family. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots of the day:
Four generations of MacDonalds.
Ella’s first Easter basket.
Trying to wrangle all nine Van Kirk grandchildren for a picture.
Our three 2011 babies.
How was your weekend?