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Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Post I Wanted to Write


So, where were we? Oh yes, I was going to kick ass doing my 6 mile (plus warm up and cool down) tempo run by myself on Wednesday.

I'll be honest, when I got home from work on Wednesday I was tired. I was tempted to skip the run. I've read that nothing you do less than 10 days out from a race can really change anything. I thought about just doing a 6 mile run and not worrying about speed.

But then I thought of all of you and how I didn't want to write that blog post. That I wanted to write the "I kicked ass" post instead.

So, I kicked ass.

Granted, this 8.5 mile run wasn't as fast as when I did it last time with my running group gals, but I was still faster than my goal pace during my tempo miles. I just took it a lot slower on the warm up and cool down :-)

I should have written this post right after the run because now I honestly can't remember much about it. My warm-up mile felt tough. The rest of them, though, felt pretty okay. I ran the same route I would have run on Monday and I didn't even stop for a drink at the park. Just kept pushing through.

I noticed, though, that I was having difficulty settling into one pace. Every time I looked at my Garmin I was either running an 8 minute pace or close to a 10:30 pace. It wasn't until at least mile 3 that I started to find a groove. And even then when the Garmin would beep at each mile I would look down at it, realize I was going faster than the prescribed tempo pace (9:11, FYI) and try to slow down. Didn't work. And mile 2 got all screwed up by having to stop at the world's longest stop light. I hate that light. The Garmin claims I did mile 2 in 9:04 but I was stopped at the light for at least a minute.

I was fairly wiped out when I got home but I still managed to find the energy to make dinner before collapsing into bed. Overall it was a good run and was just one more step to helping me overcome some of my mental hurdles.


Route:--Elev. Avg:626 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:04/21/10Up/Downhill: [+45/-45]
Time:06:05 PMDifficulty:2.4 / 5.0
Weather:Partly Cloudy
 42 F temp; 76% humidity
 42 F heat index; winds NE 15

Distance: 8.50 miles
Speed:6.5 mph
Pace:9' 18 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 55+0' 376.0-0.4+3 ft
210' 06+0' 485.9-0.5+6 ft
38' 44-0' 346.9+0.40 ft
48' 54-0' 246.7+0.3-9 ft
58' 58-0' 206.7+0.2+10 ft
69' 02-0' 166.6+0.20 ft
78' 59-0' 196.7+0.2+3 ft
89' 59+0' 416.0-0.4-13 ft
end10' 28+1' 105.7-0.70 ft
Versus average of 9' 18 min/mile

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1 comment:

kilax said...

I am finding that it takes me longer and longer to warm-up (find my groove) now. It's so weird! I think if I was going to run a 5K, I would have to run 3 miles to warm up ;)

Makes me wonder how much we should warm up before the race next week or if I should just warm up during.

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