Happy Running!

Today is National Running Day! It really is, I'm not making it up! A day where runners of the world can unite and get our run on! This morning I went to my Strength/Conditioning & Core class and saved my run for the evening.

After work I came home, put on my running gear, then had a little snack (blue corn tortilla chips...bad choice) before heading out.

It was beautiful and sunny; i.e., hot.

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Sky
Water
Water
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Lagoon
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Beach

Tonight's workout was to run 5 miles @ a 9:45 min/mile pace. My usual neighborhood route is exactly 5 miles so this was perfect. I walked a few blocks to my usual starting point, passing through the Little League Park. Its baseball season for everyone, so the usual after-school game was going on. The little kids got a kick out of watching me do my plyos and warm-up.

I tried to stay at an even pace throughout the entire run. By the time I reached the half-way point, I was dripping in sweat (and loving it), but also super thirsty. Since I was only out for 5 miles, I didn't bring a drink with me. Next time, can someone remind me that a piece of fruit is a much better choice instead of salty chips? Thanks.

During the entire run I thought about all the people who celebrated National Running Day today. It made me really enjoy tonight's run; and I wondered how many miles were clocked today.

I finished at 48:26, a 9:38 min/mile. Pretty close to the goal!

After my run, I came home, sync'd my Garmin and decided to look up some stats. In 2009, I ran a total of 466.37 miles. As of today, I've already logged 348.41 miles for 2010! It baffles my mind to think that on June 2nd, I am only 117.96 miles off of my entire mileage for all of last year!

Hope everyone got out there and celebrated the day!

A little tip for my fellow runners: With all those miles comes the usual aches and pains. I have a little secret remedy that I've been using: Ibuprofen Gel! Instead of having to ingest a pill (which can upset your stomach), you can just rub a little bit of the gel on the aching area - very localized! You can't get this in the US without a prescription, but in Europe, you can get them at the local drugstore. Lucky for me, a colleague arranged for some to brought over during a business trip. Genius I tell you!

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