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

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Road Runner

I haven't run at lunch time in months. The weather has been horrible and I didn't really want to spend my afternoons in a heat-induced coma.

But yesterday I couldn't turn down the opportunity. The weather was fabulous, the sky was overcast, and since I won't be doing a long run this weekend, I thought it would be good to get in some extra mileage.

So I packed my gym bag and headed out with the guys for a lunch time run. Most of the group went 4 miles but I opted for 3. And those were 3 speedy miles, let me tell you. I thought I'd run slow since I'd just run a speedy 8.5 less than 24 hours before but apparently not.

Actually, one of the other reasons I wanted to run at lunch was because I feel like I've been slowing down lately. I remembered that when I was feeling fast in the spring it was because I was running with both the OPRC and my lunch time group. I know that running long distances uses different muscles than running short distances and that it's expected that you'll lose some speed when training for a marathon. I've tried to combat that by doing speedwork on a weekly basis but since I haven't run less than 4 miles since May (until yesterday!) I feel like I've forgotten how to run fast. I'm in awe that I managed to run 3.5 miles at an 8:12 pace at the end of May. Could I do that now? I honestly have no idea.

So I ran three miles and it felt good. And if the weather stays cooler and less humid I plan to be out there again.


Route:--Elev. Avg:586 ft
Location:--Elev. Gain:+7 ft
Date:08/17/10Up/Downhill: [+108/-101]
Time:12:19 PMDifficulty:1.8 / 5.0

Distance: 3.08 miles
Speed:6.6 mph
Pace:9' 08 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
18' 54-0' 146.7+0.2-10 ft
29' 29+0' 216.3-0.2-3 ft
38' 50-0' 186.8+0.2+16 ft
end9' 05-0' 036.6+0.0+3 ft
Versus average of 9' 08 min/mile

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Anne said...

That's a great time Erin :)

Leah B. said...

Good run! I can't wait until the weather cools down and I can run at any time of the day!

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