This past Friday, after my two day break, and the whole passing out incident, i laced up my running shoes and off i went. I was functioning on little sleep, had just worked a 12 hour day, and had very visible bags under my eyes, but not running was not an option. I decided to switch up my normal route and headed down to the lake front. The weather was pretty nice out (temp of 74) and once i started running any thoughts of tiredness dissipated. I ran a small amount (3.07miles) as i was tired and didn't want to overexert myself. Mile 2 i was faced with a few bouts of steep inclines and got stuck at a stoplight cross walk. I thought for sure that mile 2s time was going to be around 8 minutes, but i was very pleasantly surprised. I finished out mile 3 fairly strong, negative splitting, which always makes me happy. The mile times are as follows: Mile1: 6'34" Mile2: 6'52" Mile3: 6'28" completing 3 miles in 19'55" and than added in the .07mi for a finishing time of 20'10" . Average pace was 6'33"per mile. Not bad if i may say so myself. I seem to always run my best/fastest when I'm completely drained and worn down.
Saturday, i got in an early morning run. I knew i had a busy day in front of me and wouldn't be able to have time in the afternoon. I was a tad groggy and wasn't in the mood to run, but i dragged myself out of bed and did it anyways. I decided to run the reverse of the route id run the day before. I ran 3.03miles in a time of 21'27" holding an average pace of 7'04". Not as good as the prior evening, but hey, i cant be a rock star every time i run. Mile 1 was slow and i could feel it in my body. I felt like i was on empty. Mile1:7'15" Mile2:6'47" Mile3:7'12" finishing the 3mile mark in 21'13"
I have not run since Saturday, and i feel okay. I'm not aching for a run or freaking out about my level of in-activeness. Quite honestly, i feel exhausted and would much rather take a nap then put on my running shoes. However, today is beautiful out; its a perfect day for a run. I might have to go fuel up, take a cat nap and push myself a bit. There really is no gain without a tad bit of pain.
"If you don't ever stop singing, your voice stays in shape. It's like the marathon runner. You've got to run, run, run to stay in shape" ~Sammy Hagar