I ran 17 miles today. I actually slogged through 17 miles. This week Spring officially sprung, and it’s been hot & humid in Texas. I’m definitely more of a Winter runner. My optimal temperature for running is between 37 and 40-degrees. But, I’m totally fine with my 8:17 pace. This morning’s run was a Zen run. I didn’t look at my Garmin watch once and I didn’t give a rat’s ass about my pace the whole time. I listened to Led Zeppelin’s Greatest Hits and I made sure to pay attention to the scenery around Town Lake. Since it’s now spring, there were lots of flowers and grass and tree buds to enjoy, and people to watch and ducks to see. I also saw an armadillo hanging out in front of the Statesman’s office.
The best part was that I felt great after the run. In fact, I thought about pressing on and making an even 20-miles. But I’m sticking to my plan of increasing my mileage by 1-mile on my long runs each week or two. I know the pace will increase on its own. And even if it doesn’t, I’m fine with that.