Easy Running Makes Me Feel Cool

Last night I had a great run that included 60 second pickups every three minutes.

I finished each mile about 10-12 seconds faster than I did when I did pickups two weeks ago, so I’m pretty happy with that. I’m not feeling very tired after each mile though, so I should probably increase my pace a bit more. I think I’ll do that next week and see how it goes.

It feels good to be increasing my pace after spending so long just maintaining.

I find it so easy to get into a comfortable place with running and stay there. I think it’s because I spent so many years viewing running as this horrible, agonizing thing…. Now when I run and find it easy it makes me feel really cool. I’m sure progress will make me feel even better though! : )

Two random things….

1. The picture is blurry, but yes that does read 88 degrees. It’s already SO HOTTTTT!

I like the warmth but seeing that number reminded me that after May there are literally no races here in south Florida because of the weather. I need to sign up for some 5Ks asap so I can try to meet my time goal!


2. Cats don’t like to take selfies, it’s risky business asking your cat to take one.


Cecil demanded several treats after being subjected to this torture.

Does your city host races all year long? (If yes, let me know if you have any good 1/2 marathons during the summer, I’ll be looking to register for one!) 



  1. March 26, 2014 / 11:23 am

    So great to hear that you are increasing your pace. I always do a small cheer when I have accomplishments like that. As far as the weather goes, we are in the same boat there. We are approaching the 90’s as well here in AZ and I’m already looking for alternatives for running. Races during the summer are non existant here but I have found some night trail runs over the summer that may be pretty cool. May need to shoot up north for some races to get out of the heat.

    • March 27, 2014 / 12:42 pm

      Same here, I’m thinking about heading north to do a half marathon. The only problem is I already have all of my vacation days planned out, hah. Not sure when I’ll be able to squeeze a racecation in!

  2. March 26, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    I truly think you are going to surprise yourself in the next few months with your mile speed!!!
    And, I would take that 88 right now – I love hot weather. I spend most of the winter complaining or hibernating but in the summer I’m outside all day no matter how hot it is!

    • March 27, 2014 / 12:44 pm

      I hope so! I’ve never really focused on trying to get faster before. I’m hoping with new focus/dedication I can really meet some pace goals!

      That sounds like you get to experience some nice seasons! Down here we just have less hot, hot, more hot 🙂 I complain about it pretty much all year long, but I also really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else haha

  3. March 26, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    My cats hate selfies! I get scratched. Cecil is looking gorgeous, as always.

    • March 27, 2014 / 12:45 pm

      It was a pretty dangerous situation. He let me snap 3 quick pictures before he was like “alright, enough of this crap, where are my treats?” 🙂

  4. March 26, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Ugh it was like 88 on Sunday at the baseball game, and now it’s 50 today. WTF Florida?!

    I was reflecting on how “easy” runs make me feel awed, too. Like, wow, I can run 4 miles at a fair pace and feel good…that used to literally be impossible for me!

    • March 27, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      Exactly! I remember the first time I “ran” 4 miles and it took me over 70 minutes (omg)!

  5. March 26, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    Oh no, Cecil. He looks so forlorn, planning an escape route! Yay for seeing progress and getting faster in your runs!

    • March 27, 2014 / 12:48 pm

      Haha he was most definitely planning an escape! Adam is always having to remind me that if I want to do stuff like that I should have gotten a puppy instead 🙂