Today is/was my day off (from running anyway - I had planned a road ride for after work), but after Brooke let me know today is National Running Day we decided we had to get in a short run. The plan is for a 4 miler on the lunch hour (which is probably good since the ride may be cancelled due to some needed rain heading our way). Anyway, I didn't even know there was such a day, but there is and it's here and we have to run - right?? We are the CRC (Carthage Running Club), 4 members strong! ;-)
I was telling one of my best friends about today being National Running day and she said she had already got her run in. It just made me think how proud I was of her - she just started running a year ago (or is it closer to 2 years now?). She even talked her husband into it. They run in the mornings before work - a couple laps around their sub-division - they started out doing around 1.25 miles and are up to 2.5. I love getting other people into running! :-) Just wish she lived closer so we could do some runs together.
Last random thought, at least for now, is speedwork. I've started on my training for Chicago marathon and am following a schedule put together by my man. He's just sure I can improve my speed. (we shall see) Part of the plan incorporates speedwork so we headed out to the track on Monday. I hadn't been on a track since highschool - it felt pretty weird. We did 200 & 400 repeats to get the feel of it all - we went back and forth between running them fast and running them at my goal race pace. It's amazing how out of breath I got during the quick runs - wow - but I recovered fairly quickly and was able to go again. On the bike ride home I was thinking that wasn't a very good workout, so few miles and I'm not even sore...that feeling lasted until I got up the next morning for a 7 miler. That's when the fatigue set in! I felt like if I didn't consciously think about moving my legs forward they would just stop. I guess it took more out of me than I thought - I'm anxious to see how the next session goes!!