A couple years ago I was on a Lance Armstrong kick and I read all of his books. In one of them he described an experience he had in training during which he felt so good that it felt like there was no chain on his bike. I had a running version of that experience this morning.
Today is my youngest son Tully's 6th birthday. So, I had to get my run in by 6:15 so I could get back home to make him his birthday pancakes. When the alarm went off at 4:15 I certainly did not want to get out of bed. But, knowing that I had not choice, I dragged myself out of bed and wolfed down some coffee before heading out the door for my bread and butter 9.2 mile loop.
I knew things were different today when I hit the first mile in 6:40. The 2nd one with a bit of an uphill I hit in 6:36. "Hmmmm," I said to myself, "I feel pretty good, I wonder if I can do the loop in an hour?"
Well, I finished the run in 1:00:20. It was as close as I'd ever been to an hour on that loop and it felt smooth and easy the whole way. The birthday pancakes tasted particularly good.
Sometimes running with no chain makes it all worthwhile!