So today I was a nervous nelly. I didn't know if I could trust my body to do all 5 miles.
My sweet husband kept telling me to trust myself. He told me I'm too hard on myself, and that I needed to stop doubting and start believing. (He's so right!) (Don't tell him I said that.....)
I also received some awesome advice from my professional runner friend Brandi who told me to watch my heart rate! It was something I'd never done before. I'd always paid attention to my pace rather than my HR. So today, my goal was to keep my heart rate within the aerobic range for my body (140-160).
At first, I felt like I was going at a SNAILS PACE! But I felt strong. 1/2 through my run I wasn't labored at all. In fact, I didn't even realize I was already 1/2 done!
By the time I finished, I felt strong. Seriously, I probably could have continued! I was SHOCKED that I ran the entire 5 miles without feeling labored at all! My legs were strong! My lungs were strong! My body was strong!
I FELT AMAZING!
Pace: 11:33 min/mile (Splits: 10:49, 11:47, 11:22, 11:40, 12:08)
Thank you to all the loving encouragement and belief sent my way. I'm truly starting to see that I sometimes don't give myself enough credit.....