It was Friday afternoon and I had some unplanned-for time on my hands. The boys were at my parents' house, the weather was running perfect, I had some new kicks that I was dying to try out.
It was time to run. Outside.
So I laced on my new Saucony Kinvaras (check out the fresh color!):
And I headed out in my neighborhood.
I didn't know what to expect, wearing new shoes. And part of me worried that I was foolish. A week before a half marathon isn't usually when people decide to give new running shoes a good test. Who wants to risk injury from bunk shoes?
Not me. But no worries, you know from the title of this post that didn't happen.
A few strides into my run, I still felt a little worried because I could tell that my stride was just a little different. I could hear my footfall as I climbed the first hill on my route and it sounded strange. Then I flew down the other side of that hill and something changed. I fell into a rhythm and my stride became comfortable.
I turned and climbed the big hill at the back of my neighborhood. I usually slow way down on that hill, but this time I didn't. I held strong and when I looked at my pace for that first hilly mile, it was 9:32.
I ran on.
The second mile of my run is flatter with a few downhills and only small uphills. I floated through it in 7:28.
Then I floated through the third mile, with its big uphill, in 8:20.
And then my last mile, mile 4, with yet another steep incline, as well as some nice downhills, was an easy 7:40.
I finished up with a quarter mile at a 7:20 pace.
Friday's run was -- by far -- the best run I've had in ages.
Whatever it was, I had a great run. I let my body "just run" and it fell into some speed. I never felt like I was pushing myself, I just felt like I was floating through my miles. It was the best feeling.
I hope to have many more of those runs this spring and into the summer!
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Thanks for stopping by!
PS: I was sent the Saucony shoes for review, free of charge. I'll be reviewing them in a future post.