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On Sunday I set out for my latest training run- a 10k. This was going to be a “two in one run”, as I was using it as my 5k virtual run for February as well.

Every month this year, Licorice and Olives is hosting a virtual race, so make sure to check it out if you’re interested! I had gone to brunch with a bunch of friends after church (I hadn’t run before church because there was ice on the road and I obviously wasn’t going to risk injury on that), and was definitely full when I left their house. I ended up waiting about 50 minutes to go run, but I could tell the first half of the run that my stomach was still full, and that led to a bit slower pace. I hit the first 3.1 in 35:14, which is fine, but obviously no where close to my 5k PR. Once I hit the 3 mile mark, I seemed to hit my groove (and my stomach felt better), and the rest of the run was smooth.

The time flew by, and before I knew it I had hit 6.2 miles (I had originally set out for 5.75 miles). No real achiness or pain (except for about half a mile in the 3 mile range my right calf muscle was a bit tight-weird), and I had a smile on my face! I try to only let myself listen to the Jillian Michaels podcast, as well as the Mesnicks’ podcast, when I work out, so even though I wasn’t thrilled to run today (before I started the run, I mean…), I did have something to look forward to 🙂 The “feels like” during the run was 17-18 degrees, but it felt warm in comparison to the cold it’s been lately. It’s all about perspective, right?

Overall this was a really solid run, and I was pretty happy with it. I ended the run with some coconut water, stretching, cool down planks, and an ice bath while watching House of Cards.

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Evidence of a good run, huh?

I think I’ll go foam roll now…

Now it’s your turn to share! Do you have anything special for when you exercise that helps to motivate you at all?