A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

F(or) T(he) W(in)

Last night when I got home from running with my running group Jason asked me how my run went.

"Good," I told him. "Really good."

I think that was the first time in awhile I could say that after a Monday night run. I'm not saying I haven't had good Monday night runs recently, but last night was the first time in a long time that I was able to push myself and run like I did in the spring.

I know I've pretty much thrown the pace portion of my training plan out of the window, but last night I actually hit my tempo paces. Goal? 5 miles at 9:05. Actual? 5.5 miles at 9:07.

It was awesome.

What made the difference? I don't know. Maybe it was the leftover Thai food I had for lunch. Maybe it was the fact that that the sun was hiding behind the clouds the entire time. Maybe it was Maribeth and I pushing each other for the first 3 miles. Maybe my brain finally realized that tempo runs are supposed to be difficult so, as Kim likes to say, I should nut up and shut up.

Although, honestly, I think it was the slight adrenaline rush I got around mile 3.5 that helped push me through. We were running down the street when I saw a woman walking a small dog and a larger dog all up in the small dog's business. At first I thought they were both her dogs but it became obvious to me that the larger dog was not on a leash and the woman was starting to panic. She picked up her small dog and began yelling "Hey! Your dog is loose!"

I swooped over off the street onto the sidewalk, grabbed the larger dog's collar, and shoved it through the open gate from which I figured it had escaped. As I slammed the gate shut I got a glimpse of larger dog's owner and heard him calling the dog's name. I just swerved off the sidewalk and back onto the street and kept running.

Erin's Dog Corralling Business at your service.

At that point I left Maribeth behind (sorry!) and was right on the heels of another group of people. While I was looking forward to the water stop at the park at mile 4, I almost didn't want to break my stride. When we started back up after using the drinking fountains it took me a little bit to get back into the groove I'd found. Thankfully, it reappeared and it felt good.

Last night was one of those runs that remind you why you run. You're flying. You can feel your heart pounding but your legs are doing their own thing. You feel alive and full of energy.

It's a good feeling.


Route:--Elev. Avg:628 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+3 ft
Date:08/02/10Up/Downhill: [+22/-19]
Time:06:33 PMDifficulty:2.1 / 5.0

Distance: 5.42 miles
Speed:6.6 mph
Pace:9' 07 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 57-0' 106.7+0.10 ft
28' 55-0' 126.7+0.1-9 ft
39' 17+0' 106.5-0.1+3 ft
49' 10+0' 036.5-0.0+7 ft
59' 07+0' 006.6-0.00 ft
end9' 04-0' 036.6+0.0+3 ft
Versus average of 9' 07 min/mile

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Mica said...

Hey, cheers for a great run! It's amazing how few and far between they can be (especially in the summer), but I guess that's what makes them special. Nice job on the tempo. I still haven't gotten very good at wrapping my head around them. Tempos scare me the most.

Anne said...

Love those runs...so glad you were able to enjoy a great Monday night tempo run!

You are pretty brave there girl...good job with the dog catching :)

Maribeth said...

I think the dog gave you a lot of energy, you were fast before the rescue, afterwards you were flying. Tell your husband to bring a dog to the marathon!

kilax said...

Yay! Awesome run! I think Maribeth has the right idea - lots of dogs to get your Adrenaline going. I think the Sept. issue of RW has a big dog article, so of course, I will have to forward that to you when I get it in an email.

Erin, you have progressed so much this year with your speed. You're amazing and inspiring.

(And for the record, I think it's 50% nutting up and shutting up and 50% raw talent, lol, just kidding)

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