Whoever has taken over control of my legs… please keep up the good work!
I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well the training has gone coming off the Nearly Runless Summer of 2011. I’ve really just been working on building back up a decent base to this point, but I’m now just getting started on the actual training plan leading into my March half-marathon(s?). I put together my own plan (with a little help from Hal Higdon and Greg McMillan), and I think I’ve come up with one that will be quite challenging, but totally doable. I can only hope it all goes as smoothly as the first two weeks have gone. They have definitely been a huge confidence booster.
Thursday I had a five-mile tempo run scheduled. I was running after work, so it was dark. I could only occasionally see my pace when I would run under a street lamp, so for the most part I was just trying to run at a comfortably uncomfortable pace. Until Thursday night, the fastest five miles I had ever run was at a 9:44 pace at a five-mile race last January. So I was SHOCKED when I finished the run and looked at my Garmin to see a 9:29 overall pace on Thursday. SHOCKED, I tell you.
And then Saturday… aaaaaahhhh…. I’m still soaking in Saturday just a little bit. My long run was a repeat of last week. Eight miles. Just last weekend I ran a small local 8-mile race and set a PR at a 10:12 pace. Which, to be honest, I was tickled to death with. I tried to be a good girl and run Saturday’s eight at a pace closer to what all the smart people say a long run should be run at, but it just wasn’t happening. When I tried to do the suggested “long slow distance” pace it just felt plain ol’ AWKWARD, so I decided to ignore my Garmin, pay attention to my breathing, and run at a pace that I felt like I could run for a long time. And that’s what I did. I didn’t pay any more attention to my pace until I got near the end and saw an average pace of just slightly over 10. So at that point I did kick it in just a little bit. I ran just fast enough that last quarter mile or so to end up with this:
|A sub-10 on a long run??? Who ARE you??? I don’t know you anymore.|
Sometimes I love running.