I didn't run today until nearly 2 o'clock.
I'm usually a "get it over with before work, or early on the weekends" runner....so why did I wait so long?
Honestly, I might have been a little nervous about the run. My legs have been hurting pretty good.....and (as I said last week after my 8 mile run), this would be the longest I'd run since my half in October.
I put it off as long as I could....but I knew that I was going to end up talking myself out of it if I didn't go soon.....so I changed and headed out the door before I could.
There was a 26 degree windchill (-3 C), a fairly stiff breeze (that kept changing directions), and every once and a while I could see the blue skies peeking through the cloud cover.
The first three miles were pretty painful. I stopped multiple times along the way to stretch my tight lower legs. But after those first three were done, the final six felt really good. My pace did nothing but improve...as did my attitude and my smile.
I'm sure most of the people I met along the route thought I was nuts...running along with a big ol' cheesy grin.
Oh well. :-)
9.01 miles, 11:01 overall average pace