So on Wednesday I had a pretty hard run and was really pushing myself after I did my strength training routine at the gym. So last night I hit it again to work out...I don't usually run two days in a row, so I said to myself, "I'll just make this an easy run," and not worry about pace, speed, etc.
And as I was trucking along on the treadmill doing my usual 3.1 mile workout, it dawned on me: there IS such a thing as "an easy run" for me now!!! In the past anything related to running could not conceivably be described as 'easy' for me. Running any distance for any length of time sort of felt like medieval torture - gasping for breath, beet-red face, phlegmy throat, sore body the day afterwards, etc. Granted, I'm still overweight, and I'm still relatively slow, but I feel like I am moving towards becoming an athelete as the phrase "an easy run" is no longer a contradiction in terms...I'm someone who averages ten miles a week running, which is a huge step from where I was last year, or even six months ago.
Not a bad way to start out the new year! Anyone else out there had this experience?