I've had an incredibly difficult two days for personal reasons, and I needed this run to go well. So I hopped on the treadmill and I couldn't find my week 7 podcast! (It's there, I just checked. That's how messed up my brain was that I couldn't find it). The network isn't good at the gym so I couldn't stream/download it. So I decided to just use my own music and the treadmill timer to do the run. I kept an eye on the timer for the first 5 minutes, then covered the timer and distance with a towel and just started running, thinking I could just stop after 25 minutes because the treadmill has a time limit and would stop on its own at that point. What a glorious, glorious run it was! I'll admit I initially missed Laura cheering me on and telling me how long I'd run for/had left, but once I got into the groove I didn't anymore. There were no gremlins for even a single moment, ZERO breathing troubles, didn't need to slow down to a shuffle to drink water, and my legs just went on and on and on and would have gone on if the treadmill hadn't slowed down at the end. I don't know if it was running to my own music, my issues that I needed to run off, or the banana I'd had as a pre-run snack - let's face it, it could have been any one of them or a combination of them all - but something aligned and this was as near perfect a run as I've done. I didn't beat my longest run, but I wasn't aiming for that. I just wanted a good run that would make me feel better, and that I achieved.
I'm quite tempted to just forego the podcasts from now on and use the treadmill timer. It's solid blocks of running, and it takes all of 10 seconds to restart the treadmill, so I would just run for an extra 15-20 seconds to make up for the briefest of stops that I unfortunately can't avoid. It's still a few runs away, but graduation feels like it's in sight after today