I ran! Woohoo!
Upon taking my first steps, my shins hurt, so that's not good. But I was only slated to run 1.75 miles today (although with no breaks - yikes), so I figured I should just push through. The bank I ran past informed me that it was 98 degrees. Holy crap! I was running a route I had never done before, so I left my ipod at home. As much as I love listening to music, I like to be more aware when running new routes. I also think I might run a little faster without music, maybe because I am focusing more on my running and less on the tunes?
I was supposed to go 1.75 miles - out and back - but I got confused about where my turn around point was, and I actually ended up only going 1.64. By the time I got home I was gasping for air and covered in sweat. And no wonder, because I finished my run in 16:48! That's 10:14 min/mile pace! Way faster than I usually go. I definitely think that running without my ipod and focusing on trying to keep up the pace helps. I also think that despite the 98 degree weather - the very low 36% humidity helped me out quite a bit!
Although my shins hurt and this was a short run, I'm feeling super encouraged about (a) going at ALL in this heat and (b) going so FAST! I'm excited to spend the next few weeks in a low-humidity and slightly cooler climate, building up my mileage and focusing on my speed. I don't have any goals of running faster than 10 minute miles, but now that I know I can do 10:14 I might try to push myself to keep my pace under 11 on my shorter runs!
I'll be on mini hiatus from the blog - but don't worry, I'll be running and planning some delicious grilled meals in the near future :-)