Happy Earth Day! It is truly a beautiful morning in the PNW and we just had to get out and enjoy it!
Since this may be the last sun we get for several days Sky and I headed out for a run. It had been almost a week since my last run and I was so ready to get out and stretch my legs! I needed the break though. I now feel ready to run, ready for the next few races, and ready for the next training cycle to start! All the inspiration from Boston yesterday helped as well!
It’s been a long, long time since I ran with Sky on our own. The Stroller Group runs are always a pretty easy pace (that doesn’t mean they feel easy though), but when it’s just the two of us I like to push the pace. I figure if I can get within 20 to 30 seconds of race pace while pushing the stroller then race day will feel super easy.
It felt hard, I haven’t put effort into a sub 10 with the stroller in a long time, but I did it. Average was 9:32 (or close to it, I forget exactly). That’s pretty decent. I noticed it felt way harder after this last training cycle than it felt back before Whidbey. But that was months ago and I know Sky has grown since then, it’s just going to keep getting harder and harder the bigger she gets.
Thankfully Sky is the best cheerleader ever! She’s usually pretty quiet in the stroller, but today she wanted the the sun shade and screen left open and she was yelling her head off.
All I heard the whole 3 miles:
“Faster mommy, faster”
“Come on Mommy you can do it”
“Bump, be careful, don’t hurt me”
“Watch where you’re going”
“Don’t hurt yourself”
…and the best part was when I hit the one short yet steep hill “Go mommy, go, you can do it”, and as soon as we got to the top, “Mommy you did it, good job”!
Every time she told me to go faster I let her know I was already going as fast as I could and her response every single time was “No! You go faster”. Seriously better than any running coach!
After that it was time to play and let Sky run around the soccer field. I offered to drive down to the playground, but she said no. She really just wanted to run around the fields.
Aside from running I also like a glass of wine and my book, even for just 20 minutes. Always makes me feel better.