Monday, March 06, 2006

Why Coach Kara rocks, and my mojo's back!

This is why Coach Kara is ssooooooooooo awesome. She's been saying this to me for 3 years. She's such an expert and so supportive, too. Glad to have her around for all the crazy questions I have thrown at her over the past 3 years!

So we stayed up until 4AM on freaking SATURDAY....ugh....great for my long run, I thought. It was so fun, but somehow my friends Trevor and Rob's dual surprise 30th b-day party ended up with playing Euchre at our house!!!??? Matt was really happy to have his buddies all in town though. They don't get to see each other much. So they had to party it up. :)

Got up after 5 hours of very bad sleep, said bye to Tina and Trev, and then tried to get ready to run. I had a 90 minute on the docket, and had very low expectations. I guess some of the best runs happen when you expect the least.

I just felt like I was flying along--like the wind was at my back no matter which way I ran! It was chilly, but sunny, which I love. Had the iPod all juiced up and some Clif Bloks and gu, and just said I was going to run what "felt" relatively easy. I've been leaving the HR monitor at home since I got sick, as it was really effing with me. So I ran easy enough that I used robreddy's little suggestion of being able to whistle.

Before I knew it, I had run 9.3 miles at an AVERAGE PACE of 9:36!!!! I SWEAR it felt easy!!!!!! I could whistle the whole time, although people probably thought I was a freak. :)

This is the same route I had done before but could only finish part at almost a 12 minute pace about 2 weeks after I got pneumonia. There's something to be said about RECOVERING right and RESTING, I guess! One more reason why Coach Kara rocks.

So I'm in a recovery week this week--yay! I'll be heading to yoga tomorrow after a swim in the morning.

Congrats to Su, DaisyDuc, Elizabeth, Eric, and BuckeyeRunner on their great races this weekend!

13 comments:

Spence said...

Fantastic run!! I can't wait until it feels like I have wings too... still kind of slogging along... it'll happen, I have faith hearing about your runs!!!

Curly Su said...

awesome run, and thanks for the shout-out!

Chad Austin said...

Glad to hear you had an awesome run. Hey, how do you like those Clif Bloks?

Loved your "100 things" list. No cavities or braces? Freak!

walchka said...

Up til 4 AM, you party animal. Maybe the lack of sleep propelled you to such a great run. :)

E-Speed said...

great job on the run! Yesterday was an awesome day for it!

Chris said...

You're definitely right. Sometimes those workouts you're dreading the most turn out to be the best ones ever! Nice job on those nine miles! :)

Papa Louie said...

Good Run!
Glad to hear that recovering right and rest has helped you to get back on track with your training.

DaisyDuc said...

Amazing! Not only can you run like a mad woman, you can stay up till 4AM partying the night before---that's talent!!

Robb said...

I too, have enjoyed those fantastic runs after very little decent sleep. Amazing how your body can just switch to autopilot. And, that part about whistling is very cool. Good job!

BuckeyeRunner said...

I love great runs like that! Way to go!

I, too, saw an article about the chocolate milk. Isn't that great? I bought some this weekend. Yum.

Keryn said...

Awesome run! And kudos for getting it together and running after a night like that! :)

tri-mama said...

I think there is a lot to be said for how good friends clear your head-sometimes the best running comes when I've played the most- great run-go Kara!

Rae said...

Great job on the long run!! I love when it just seems effortless!