This morning was 32 degree Fahrenheit when I started my run, and 34 degrees after I was done with the 10 miles. Not much temperature rise, yup. And I was cold afterwards when I cooled down. But, and here is the big but, in between the start and finish, I had one of my best runs: my body was moving swiftly, legs opened, stride after stride, and not cold.
The part stood out for me was that I consciously relaxed my body and allowed my legs to comfortably extending my strides. Each step was a conscious effort which meant my mind was paying attention to where my foot was landing and the toe off. It was not on the scenery, bystanders, or anything else. No exerting, just mindfully running.
Worth noting that my pace was not super fast but my efforts, on the other hand, deliberate and race like. Maybe it was due to the thick cold air, me out of shape, or I was just pumped up. Whatever the case might be, today’s long run was ideal.
What’s your “perfect” run like?