Today I drove out to the Graterford Trailhed on the Perkiomen Trail with Mark. We were assigned to a water stop out there for our friends doing 21 miles today. I decided to do my 6 miles from there. We ran 3 miles toward Oaks and back.
I had picked this route for a variety of reasons. The top two were that it is mostly crushed stone/gravel at this point and I don't get to run out that way often so I thought it would be nice to have something new. BINGO! I had an awesome run. It was a gorgeous day; cold and crisp with bright sunshine. We ran 3 and 1's and I was surprised when the walk break came every time.
My knees and ankles felt good the whole way. I noticed my left hamstring toward the end but no real pain. I took an alleve the night before and this morning which probably helped the joints.
I left my watch at home today. I didn't want to be tempted to look at it at all. I didn't want to know our pace. I know I pushed it a bit because Mark was running with me but I was proud that I let myself lag a step behind keeping him from pushing me too hard. In the end, according to his watch we averaged 12 min miles almost on the dot. Not bad for all the struggles lately.