Plus, it's kinda weird when your face aches more from smiling than your legs do from running, isn't it?
That's what happened today because I just really REALLY enjoyed my run. I think I drive other people a bit mad sometimes when I'm running. I think that after 20 months of running the novelty of actually being able to run hasn't worn off and I am so amazed and happy that I'm running a fair distance that I can't shake the smiling. I say hello to just about everyone I pass (unless they're studiously not making eye contact!). I talk to doggies as I run past and have been known to say 'morning' to the ducks that I pass on the canal.
And when I'm running at a slower pace than normal (as I was running with someone else), I got to completely relax while I was running and enjoyed just about everything about my run. The weather was sparkly and lovely. It was nice to chat as I ran. I felt light and strong the whole time. And when I finished at almost 11 miles, I felt like I had plenty more left in my legs.
When I was starting running I never thought there would be a time when running would ever feel like today. It was always so hard. Always such a struggle. Aching legs. Chest burning. Hard flipping work. I love that I get to smile when I run these days. It's a brilliant feeling.
Even if it is annoying to everyone else!
Geeky stats stuff
|Avg Pace:||9:52 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||68 ft|