Ready, Set, Run

My first official run since being given the ok to run was today. I don’t really consider hills a run, they are more on my list of necessary torture, so Wednesday’s hill training was not technically a run. But I did learn a few things today:

1. Running skirts are a good thing
I wore my new running skirt today, and despite some worries over how it would feel, chafe, and my comfort level, it was awesome. I can see why they are popular, and will be definitely keeping it as a “must have” for my running apparel.

2. Music makes your run so much better
I usually listen to music when I run, but my playlist was so outdated. Thanks to a friend who loaded my iPod for me, I had a great variety and some faster paced songs to run to. Gave me a much needed boost when I was dragging.

3. Intervals are your friend
Usually I train and run doing intervals of 10 and 1, but back in May I did a half marathon running 5 and 1’s, which was great. With the heat being what it was today, I felt stronger and ran harder doing the 5 and 1’s. Our whole group agreed that it was definitely a good choice.

4. Never underestimate the power of a good run
After 6 weeks of not being able to run, I forgot how good it can feel, no matter how you felt your run went, when you can stop your garmin and know you completed the run you set out to do. No matter the time, I have never regretted putting on my shoes and going for a run.

5. Running buddies are the best
This one is pretty self explanatory. Whether you are out running with them, or even just supporting them from afar, running buddies rock and I am lucky to know the people I do.

6. Post run pictures rock

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