I usually struggle to find a rhythm the first couple miles, but the first 6 miles were smooth and easy, yes I did just say easy! Even after turning around at mile 6, it didn't get harder for me until about mile 10. I think I have a mental block at 10. I will work more on overcoming that next week when we do 10 - 12 miles on the race course.
So what was different about yesterday's run? I actually changed a few things. First, I started taking a sports multivitamin this week. I'm sure that helped some, but more importantly I changed what I did during the run. I've been just drinking at the waterstops, but this week I filled my new waterbottle with Gatorade and drank during the run; it was nearly empty at the halfway point, where I refilled it and continued to drink. I also started eating sports beans after about 40 minutes and continued eating them or Luna Moon chews until nearly the end of the run.
Mentally, I didn't look at the mileage on my watch and I tried not to think about how many miles we had run or how much we had to go. I focused on enjoying and embracing the run. I think it made a big difference in my attitude. I've always struggled with tight calf muscles. Chyrstyna let me borrow her foam roller and calf stretcher...I could tell a huge difference in my calf muscles. Both items are now on my list of items I need from Fleet Feet.
My goal is to continue with this magic formula of my best run and repeat it frequently! I know all runs aren't easy and great. But I hope the changes I'm making help me become a better runner.