Yesterday had doubles running through it and it was amazinggggg. It was not really super intentional, but I knew Brian was going to be away for most of the day so I had a lot of me time and what does me time equate to in our house? running or sleeping. This brought me back to our long distance days when I was literally doing doubles all the freaking time (when I wasn't injured..) because I was sad and any open minute I had was filled with running. It didn't matter if it was 930 and I was getting off a 10 hour shift, getting home from school, or preparing to go into work, I was out and running. Even just for a few miles, in the dark or the rain, never with music, just my body, my mind and the road.
I'm sure this happens with other's training, but I have been craving a change in my training. I took it niiiiice and easy after the marathon and over the holidays, really not stressing about my runs or workouts at all. If I ran that day, awesome. If I didn't, that's still totally fine. Of course if a few days went by without a run I would start to feel a little funky and I'd make sure to spend some time outside that day. But that time is starting to feel like it's passed. It's almost February now, I traveled to Oregon, started last semester of grad school, started internship and change is in the airrrrr. Run imitates life, life imitates run. The ebb and flow, always changing in little ways.
Ruppert and I started the day with a short run together. I wasn't feeling super good stomach-wise so we took it really easy and just enjoyed the sunshine. There's nothing better than seeing how happy Ruey gets when she's running. If anyone ever needs a reminder that running is the most natural and innate thing for all creatures, just come look at Rue's face when she's trotting along. Tongue out, huge smile, and she constantly looks back at us almost to make sure we know how amazing this is omg-her-life-is-perfect-she's-a-doggo.
Run 2 was solo and a new-to-me 6 mile loop. Anything different from my normal Laurel Hill route I just call Chapel Hill Fun Runs because it's a chance to feel a little adventurous in the everyday routine! I don't think I thought I would do a full six when I got started. It was chilly and I was sore from our 7 miler the day before. But it ended up being one of those runs where I just turned on a podcast, zoned out completely, noticed I was sore but just kept on moving. I felt really encouraged and empowered after this hour. I think I was just feeling proud to do a double, know it was successful, and feel tired but strong:)
This run, the speed work from earlier in the week, are getting me excited for a possible long run this weekend and just getting my mileage up overall. I'm not really training for anything specific, I just feel most happy and myself when I'm running high mileage weeks!