Today’s long run was awesome. I fell in love with running all over again and I had an opportunity to bring a good friend along for the ride. I got to show her that feeling that comes with an extraordinary run. It is the feeling of accomplishment and freedom, a feeling that occurs when you push yourself to the brink. If you are a runner that has pushed toward a goal, then you know the feeling I am speaking about, some call it the “runner’s high”.
I have missed that feeling. I’ve touched upon it slightly over the last year and a half, but not like today. Today, Arleen and I ran an 11 mile long run and the stars aligned. Negative splits from the start until mile 9 and even a new record for 10K on my Garmin, 58:43. This was not a PR, but I haven’t run a 10K in under an hour in at least two years. I mean just check out these splits:
This was scheduled to be a regular slow, long run and then these splits just happened. I mean I had been pretty sick the past two days and we started our long run in garbage bags for Christ’s sake, but somehow everything just came together.
We all started together, but Arleen and I pretty much pulled ahead at the beginning, it just felt good. Every time my watched beeped for a mile split I’d see that we were just getting faster and faster, yet we still felt great. We ditched our garbage bags around mile 6 and never looked back.
At mile 9 we decided to restart our watches for the cool-down. At this point I knew our splits were all negative and our average pace was under 10 minutes a mile so I didn’t want to screw up my numbers with a slower cool-down. Here’s the average pace, not including the cool-down.
The last two miles were at an 11:23 pace, which actually felt so slow, but we needed a good cool-down. And guess what??? We were smiling at the end:
This run sealed the deal. I can taste that 1:45 half marathon and I am confident it is within my reach now. Don’t underestimate the power of a “runner’s high”, it is also known as that feeling that has you signing up for races right after you just finished one. Today I got to share that feeling with my friend Arleen and she is riding it for sure. It leaves you with a taste that has you longing for more. And I want more……
Have you experienced a “runner’s high”?