Lora recently got me thinking about my “best runs“. Since I can’t technically run normally right now (every run is filled with trepidation and fear, and I haven’t made it past 5K), I’ll just sit here and think about it instead. And try not to register for every race I see. (THERE ARE SO MANY I WANT TO RUN!!)
1. High School Run – The First Best Run: Before the days of Garmin and Gu, dry fit and Brooks…I used to run in Soffee shorts and cotton t-shirts. Believe it or not, that’s when I had my first “best run”. (I know, GASP! I survived a run in a cotton t-shirt!) My best friend Kristin and I were on the cross country team in high school, and while we had all intentions of coming back from one weekend at the lake and doing the hill repeats our coach had on schedule, we ended up unintentionally running a huge loop through our town instead. I think the 6 or 7 miles we ran was my “longest run ever” at that point. It was the first time I felt that “long run high” I’ve grown to love so much. Cue the run-obsession.
2. Ragnar Relay Legs 2 & 3: I couldn’t pick just one; both of my legs for Ragnar Adirondacks were incredible. (The first was too short and fairly boring.) My 2nd leg was around 9pm and in complete darkness. I left the van feeling anxious and a little scared. I got back in the van feeling AWESOME. Leg 3 began in sheer exhaustion, rain, and with intense stomach pain. But again, I warmed up and found the energy to power up the hills. Not to mention, the views were phenomenal. I was amazed at what my body could do when I asked…through exhaustion, lots of van-sitting, and not-so-great nutrition, I was still able to run a little faster and finish strong. (Don’t try that normally though, I promise that won’t work. It was just Ragnar Magic.)
3. Bronx 10-Miler: This was my Garmin-free breakthrough. After a bunch of horrible runs, I was convinced by, again, Lora to run sans technology. I ended up absolutely loving this run. I ran at whatever pace felt right and paid attention to what my body was telling me. I saw lots of friends. It was wonderful. Yay for learning to listen.
4. Join the Voices 5M: I was on a serious runners high after running the Join the Voices 5 miler this past December. I loved this run because of what I learned – the importance of pushing yourself, and the importance of friends. Going into it, I was so tired and so BLAH. Once I finished, I was so overjoyed to be with the lovely ladies I was running with (and those who hopped in for a mile or two!) Annie, Beth, Jen, Jocelyn and Abby, and we ended up tacking on a few more miles. These are all people I met solely though blogging and Twitter, which is incredible to me. Even though the weather was really dreary and I was so exhausted, it was such a FUN run and my heart was overflowing; I was uplifted immediately. Coffee and bagels with Beth and Kristine afterward sealed the status as best run (and best post-run activity).
What are your top runs? What makes a run your “best run”?