While it may seem negative to some people, so is the pain in your legs before the endorphins kick in. Pushups when your arms and stomach burn to exhaustion are negative. In the end, whatever it takes to get out that door and on the street, that's what matters. This came to me after I said that I was going to run this morning and then I put it off to run errands around town and then came home and laid down for a nap. I taped this to the wall before I went out for my 5.75 mile run this afternoon.
My thighs felt fresh. Usually they are tight and slightly sore.. they're sore now as I'm typing though. My knees were a little stiff, but didn't have any pain. The only time I checked my watch was when I knew I hit the first mile. I did that in 8:45 and thought I might speed up as I went. I never did. I just kept cruising at that pace the rest of the way. It was a really good run. My only complaint is that I didn't have an opportunity for water until the last mile. At that point, I figured what's the use. I'm practically home and why mess up the groove.
I completed 5.75 miles in 50:57 which is an average pace of 8:50 per mile.
I think my legs felt so fresh today, because of the run I did yesterday. I had every intention of running 5 miles after work, but due to plans to go with my girlfriend to the Seminole Community College Planetarium, I cut it short to 2.5 miles. Those short runs seem to just work out the kinks and you are done around the same time you are warmed up.
The Planetarium was cool, too. After the show, we got to look through one of the telescopes at Saturn. It is the only planet visible from our skies right now. You could see the rings around the planet. That was way cool. I learned a few things about astronomy. When you look at the stars, the ones that twinkle truly are stars and the ones that don't are actually planets. Who knew? Apparently the astrogeek at the plantarium.