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Today was one of those runs that'll be with me for a while. I went out feeling good; training has been going well, I'm racing big PRs and I did my first ever sub-6 mile yesterday.<br><br>
Plan was 11 miles easy and the weather looked great - sunny, no wind and probably high 50's. I decided to do the course that was the last long run I did before injury last May. It has a pretty big, steep hill in it and it was one of the contributing factors to my achilles problems that sidelined me for 3 miserable months last summer. I've been avoiding it ever since but today was the day to put all that behind me once and for all.<br><br>
First couple miles are thru town and climb gently (100') and it's all very easy pace. Feels really nice to be running in the sun and to be honest feels warmer than high 50s'.<br><br>
Then it climbs 500+' over the next 2 miles, up thru the hills, along perfect dirt trails past some pretty spectacular homes. The views are just endless as you climb. Everything just felt perfect - no aches, no pains anywhere. My achilles issues are now officially gone. I felt like I could run forever without tiring. Had no idea what pace I was going, didn't even look at my watch. Got to the top feeling so alive!<br><br>
By now I was getting hot, and I took off my shirt and started down the other side (400' drop over 2 miles). Things just flew by, every step seemed to be planted exactly where it should, no slipping or sliding at all. It truly was one of those "Runner's High" moments that people always talk about - everything just went the way it should (but rarely does).<br><br>
After about 6 miles I just felt like picking up the pace, again not even looking at my watch. I just steadily increased the pace, flying by the people in town, hitting every crossing on green, until I got back to my house at a flat out sprint. Drenched with sweat but feeling awesome.<br><br>
Man, what a perfect day, I love running!
 

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Congratulations on having a great run and being pain free.<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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Alan, congratulations on officially overcoming your Achilles woes. You certainly are demonstrating some nice speed these days. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Congratulations. We all need runs like that from time to time. It is what keeps me coming back for more punishment year after year.
 
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