Friday, April 5, 2013

Best Run of the Year, and a Race Tomorrow

Yesterday was a pretty crazy day, but I managed to squeeze in a tempo run just as the sun was setting.


And I ROCKED it!

It was a 5 mile tempo run, with the middle three miles at a 7:51/mile pace. With the way things have been going so far this year, I'm doing good if I can maintain a sub-8:30 pace, so I was pretty worried about it.

Here's how I came out:


After the first tempo mile, I was really having to fight the urge to walk. It's so easy to talk yourself into it, too ("I can't do this." "I'll just walk for a few seconds." "I'll take a quick break and then I'll run even faster.").

But for me, it's actually harder to get going again once I stop, so I really had to fight back that urge. (Usually, one break turns into multiple breaks, and that really defeats the purpose of the tempo run).

Here's my pace chart -- proof that I didn't let myself stop even once!


It was almost harder to keep going once I finished my last tempo mile. (That's probably because I kept telling myself I could walk after I finished my middle three). I was hurting at that point (or at least I thought I was), but I made myself go back to a jog and finish it out. My mental conversation went something like this:

"Okay, it sucks, but is your breathing under control?"
"Yep"
"Do you feel like you're going to have a heart attack or pass out?"
"Nope"
"Can you physically do it?"
"Yep"
"Then there's no reason to stop"

I'm calling that run my best run of the year so far. I always have good tempo runs on the treadmill, but doing them outside is a different story.

This is the second 5 miler I've done this week. On Monday, I took the dogs out around the neighborhood for an easy run.


Oreo started with us, but I had to take him back by the house after just 1.5 miles. (At .75 miles out, he literally just stopped. When I told him we could turn around and go home, all of a sudden he had a burst of energy and we ran faster than we did on the way out. Punk.)

Even though it was an easy run, it was late and getting dark so I pushed the pace. I was supposed to do a 9:29/mile pace, but we ended up finishing with an 8:48/mile average.


Tomorrow morning is the Papa John's 10 Miler.

I have no idea how I'll do, but it's the first race that Jen and baby G will make it to, so it'll be a good race no matter what happens.

My 10 mile PR is 1:26:04, which I set last year. I think as long as I come in under 1:30:00 I'll be happy.

Good luck to everybody racing this weekend!!

1 comment:

  1. Haha, my mental conversation is the same but I alway end with "Yes you're going to die, just walk."

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