Last Saturday I went for a 8.08km run and it felt GREAT!
I'd been pretty relaxed all day, and had been watching the last episode of Winners & Losers so I thought "Lets get this butt of the couch and moving!"
So I pulled on my skins and my runners and went outside in the glorious (almost spring) sunshine and ran my old run down to the Geelong waterfront, along it to Rippleside and back to Newtown.
It was my first long run (over 5km anyway) since my injury and boy was great to get out there. I felt a little tired at the start, but I was just enjoying the sunshine, being outside and breathing...
Then I got a little tired just before I turned around (the 4km mark). And then once I had, on my way back I started to work on my technique, swinging my arms, trying to run more on the balls of my feet and just concentrating on my breathing (and enjoying Lifehouse on my iphone)... Then I checked my laps when I drove home and found I actually got faster on my way back! :)
Sometimes all it takes is a few breathes to just focus and relax to make a difference! :)