As of late I have been trying to include big runs in my quest for fitness and fun. I do plan on doing really long runs in the future, so I know I have to keep a good and fun training plan if I really want it to happen.
For todays long run, I planned a 12 Miler. The weather was great, mid to high 60’s (I love California!), my body was feeling good, and mentally I was ready.
During the course of the run, my legs were feeling the common aches and pains that come with the territory of running. But what made this run enjoyable was, mentally I stayed positive and really enjoyed being out running. When a negative thought would try to enter my mind, I would excuse it as fast as it came. I played some really cool easy listening music that kept me singing along and peacefully distracted… All in all it was a great workout! I must have enjoyed it a bit much because as you’ll see in the pix below, I ended up doing 14 miles as opposed to the 12 miles I planned… Today was a good day. 🙂
Now that my long runs are staying at double digits, I will start sacrificing 15 minutes of my day by driving out to the beach and trading in this view (pic below) with a beach view… I think it is a good decision, not just for aesthetics, but also for the fact that I won’t have to deal with traffic and stop lights, so i can KEEP RUNNING! (I found today that the stopping and starting starts wearing me down…It might just be in my head though?!)
Whoa..That hair! LOL
Nice calves and nice shoes!
This hill is RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY ROUTE go figure.
AAaaahhh my supposed half way point Redondo Beach Pier (6 miles). I’m excited because I know during this segment of my run, I will see other people running and cycling… I think this is what made me start wanting to drive out and then run…