As you know, this past weekend I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad run at a race. (Didn't hear about it yet? Check out the race report here.)
Last night, I headed out for a run, not sure how far I was planning on running, whether I would take walking breaks, or how I would feel. I just knew it was a lovely day and I needed and wanted to get out there. With my second half marathon coming up in ten days (eek! TEN DAYS!), I had to get back on the wagon with my training. I have been feeling off since our trip and the long break in running, and haven't even had a decent long run in a few weeks.
I pulled on my new running skirt to test it out, a t-shirt as it was a little cool, my visor because it was so sunny, left the Garmin at home, and hit the road. And I ran. I ran and ran and ran. Where I used to take walking breaks, I just kept running. I ended up running the whole route - just under 6km - without any walking breaks or stopping or slowing down, other than at stoplights and stop signs.
I ran along the street until the canal, along the canal (which is finally filled and looking lovely and ready for summer!) to the locks, and down the locks to the river, along the river path until I reached the sidewalk that lead me home, and home again. I was out for about 45 minutes and I felt great the whole time. (It was my favourite route in reverse.) I had my groove back. Thank goodness.
I put on one other very important thing before I left the house: my Endorphin Warrior training bracelet. After admiring them on other people's blogs and giveaways ever since last year's nuun Hood to Coast team wore them, I finally ordered one recently. I had never been able to decide on which word I wanted until the Saucony Find Your Strong project started. Then I knew exactly what word I needed: STRENGTH.
I think my bracelet had magic powers on that run. I found my strong and kicked some pavement butt. I didn't run fast or even particularly far - but for me it was a success.
The bracelet was soft and comfortable, even when I got it wet washing my hands before my run. It stayed out of the way and fit perfectly. I hardly noticed it was there, even though I knew it was there. It was a source of strength, inspiration and comfort.
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