I had a pain free run! Could this be a turning point!? I haven't run in so long ... well at my own pace and without pain... that I had forgotten how much I love it! How it makes me feel accomplished and happy.
The NMSC Tri group went out for a brick workout. We rode 15 miles ( a nice long warm up for our short run) then ran just 15 minutes afterward.
As always you get off the bike to heavy legs (I haven't run off the bike in a VERY long time). At first my legs felt heavy, but about 5 to 7 minutes in things started to click. I decided to just run my pace and lap back - if need be - to pick people up. I wanted to see if my body remembered. I negative split the second half of our run by 2 minutes. I hit a 7.5 - 8 min pace. (haven't run with my Garmin in a LLLLOOOONNNGGG time either). Granted it was a short run (uh, VERY short), but my legs remembered how to turn over quickly. I was SO happy. I wouldn't have been able to hold that pace very long, but I DID it.. even if I had only hit it for a minute I would have been happy. It was glorious.
And it's the first time I've really truly opened it up in my Avia Bolts!
I've been wearing these shoes around like nobodies business .. because I like the way they look and they are comfy. I've run a few short slow painful runs in them, but let me tell you running fast in them is FUN! You can feel the road. You know exactly when you make contact and that it's time to turn over. I loved it! Now I just hope I can talk the ol' legs to running longer and that the bolts are good for the distances. Avia hit the nail on the head in function and style with these bad boys. I get so many compliments on them and they make me feel fast! :)
I'm so super stoked about my tiny little run. Six months ago I would have thought 15 mins (ok, w/ the negative split it was 12 mins, but I kept running after that... for the few of you that might be trying to figure out how I negative split and still ran 15 mins) was like nothing, but yesterday it was 15 minutes of glorious off the bike speed and I loved EVERY wonderful second.
I can't believe how much the blood pumping adrenaline filled run seemed to turn my attitude around! I love the bike - it's good fun, but for me there's nothing quite like a nice hard run! (Apparently even a short one! Note to self.)
Watch out ... I'm makin' a come back.