Yesterday I had a nine miler scheduled. I almost skipped it. Almost. The entire day was filled with clouds and rain, and then some more rain.
I had three choices:
1) Suck it up and run in the bad weather. I’ve done it before, but I prefer to avoid it if I can.
2) Skip the run and hope that I do well for the race next weekend.
3) Spend some quality time with the treadmill.
I chose #3. After lying in bed all day watching movies and catching up on some blogs, I knew it was now or never. So I geared up and headed to the gym before I changed my mind.
Can I tell you happy I was with my decision? Sure, the treadmill can be boring. And staring at CNN on the television in front of you for over an hour can be painful at times. But, I was in my running zone the entire time, which was wonderful.
Not only was I listening to my favorite music for a good bit, but it was also fun to know that I had subconsciously dressed up like a leprechaun.
This was my second run in my new lime Recovery Socks. They work just as great as the pink ones!
Anyways, back to the treadmill. The ones at the gym cut-off at 99 minutes, and while I knew I had a pretty good chance of beating the cut-off time, I didn’t want to put pressure on myself. I had goal to finish under 1:50:00.
So, I split it up into two runs. I did five miles, then reset the machine, and did another four. I also stuck up a post-it note so I could focus on each mile at a time.
The times on the left were my goal times and the ones on the right is when I actually finished the mile. Great way to keep yourself motivated! I ran for 4 min. @ 5.5mph, then walked for 1 min. @ 4mph.
Using some math I calculated out the splits:
Mile 1: 11:26
Mile 2: 11:22
Mile 3: 11:25
Mile 4: 11:34
Mile 5: 11:21
Mile 6: 11:23
Mile 7: 11:21
Mile 8: 11:22
Mile 9: 11:18
Not only did I beat my goal, but I ran 9 minutes faster than my last 9 miler two weeks ago! It was also my fastest “long run” during training so far!
I’m not sure where this “speediness” has come from, but I hope it’s here to stay for awhile.
This week my focus is speedwork on Thursday and trying not to think about the 10 mile race on Sunday. Eek!