When All The Stars Align
Have you ever had one of those times when it seems like everything just went perfect?
A time when it seemed like all the stars were aligned just for you?
Well I had one of those kinds of runs this morning. Everything was perfect, yes.
It was a cool, crisp winter-blending-into-spring morning…
I had a half a cup of coffee in me – and as a side note, I have not had caffeine since September, when I gave it up and oh my goodness, it was amazing…I felt fantastic! – and my legs were feeling fresh from a couple of days off.
I had a new audiobook to listen to, and it rocked my socks off. God bless Dean Karnazes. This book is amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I may listen to it again during the St. Louis Marathon in two weeks. And yes, I called today and redid my registration AGAIN, back to the FULL MARATHON.
I had my energy chews packed (these Stingers were new for me and I LOVED them!) and I had a great plan worked out so that I could lap back around my car a few times so I could grab water and Gatorade.
And this was the result:
OH YEAH!!!!!! 21 MILES, BABY!! I was uber-pumped and could not believe my time and my splits when I plugged up my Garmin.
A time of 3:06:22 and an average pace of 8:52/mi is so far beyond anything I ever thought I could do. And to think that when I started running, I could barely do 1/4 mi…I am on the most amazing runner’s high right now. My long runs for marathon training are complete. It is officially taper time.
I came home and promptly and sat in an ice bath to speed recovery and reduce inflammation. It was brutal, for the first five minutes…then my legs and feet went numb. I sat there huddled still in my UA Cold Gear and clutching my hot cup of tea, praying for the timer on my iPhone to buzz to that I could jump into my hot shower.
Brutal. And yes, that is ICE floating in my tub.
So now it is later into the evening and I am still feeling amazing! I am just now getting around to blogging because we have spent the evening at the boys’ baseball games. Tyler and the HS team (now 3-0) won their game 5-4 in an extra innings come-from-behind win, and Zachary’s Jr. High team lost their first game of the season.
I hope you have had as great of a Monday as I have. Do something you never thought you would do tomorrow. Be blessed, friends.