I was anxious and excited about today's 9 mile run. When I woke up, I ate a small handful of peanuts and dried blueberries and drank a few sips of water. Then I did 15 minutes of Pilates before heading out. I felt pretty good the whole run. Aerobically, I definitely felt fine, but the last couple of miles my legs started to hurt. Not to the point that I wanted or needed to stop, but I could tell I was pushing the limits. I guess that's why it's called training! At around mile 6, I pulled a few dried blueberries out of my pack and ate those, followed by a few sips of water.
Okay, so there's a picture of my Garmin after finishing my run. I'm reminded of this quote by Amby Burfoot, Co-founder and Editor of Runner's World Magazine: "Slow-but-sure has always worked for me, in running and in most other arenas. I wouldn't mind being a Carl Lewis or Usain Bolt, but I've found little payoff in attempting to be what I'm not." I can relate. ;)
After my run, I stretched and cooled down by doing level 2 of Yoga Meltdown.