I am really starting to see progress and its crazy to see that in only one week's time. Like I said earlier, dad and I ran the exact same course today that we did last Saturday and I felt great. My legs felt strong and my form NEVER suffered--in fact, I don't recall ever feeling tired. I think I could have kept going, which is the way you should end a long run (as opposed to feeling like you lungs or legs or heart are ready to die). So today was great...including--YES--the hill! I started looking at the hill like an enemy today--ready to conquer it, but dad advised I look at the hill like I'm visiting an old friend...hilarous..but it worked. I actually got kind of amped up about seeing the hill on the horizon.
Okay--so what was different about today than last week
(1) the weather was not so hot--it was actually kind of cloudy, which was nice
(2) I was better prepared physically--I was well rested--no 8 mile run prior to my long run
(3) I was mentally prepared--loving my good friend, Hill :-)
(4) Gu..GU GU GU...it was yuck-o...warm and thick and sugary sweet...but it worked wonders
(5) Recovered post run with a nice cold glass of chocolate milk (WHOLE milk..chocolate milk).
SO today was a day I thought I'd never see--especially if you would have asked me about it three months ago! I ran with my dad for just over two hours, I drank 110 calories of unenjoyable CARBS ( I know!) and I drank whole chocolate milk. Crazy...good crazy, but still...crazy!
Tomorrow morning I'll wake up to greet my recovery run. I really look forward to those runs because I can take good inventory of my body--how I feel, how to work on my form...all that good stuff.
OKAY--so totally off topic...
Layla had her first tomato sandwich today...what a southern lady! She loved it...and still asked for more tomato...her aunt Chi will be so proud :-) AND we had our first lake trip yesterday. Layla LOVED it...she even rode around on a tube with Papa (going very VERY very slow). She has NO fear--mommy on the other hand..has lots of fear. I'll post some pictures from the lake in the next couple of days, but for now...here's Layla and her tomato sandwich. I love her...OH MY GOODNESS I love her to pieces! Seeing the picture makes me want to go wake her up from her little nap and kiss all over her.