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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sound of Silence


The original plan for Monday night? I would go to running group and run my 8 miles while Jason went to the grocery store and made dinner. It wasn't until I was putting on my running clothes that we realized that we are currently a one-car family while Jason's car is in the shop.

Not a problem! Jason got the car to go to the grocery store and I just altered my running plans a tiny bit. Instead of doing the 8 mile route with the running group I just ran to and from group and did the 5.5 mile route with them.

My training plan, which I am following mileage-wise if not pace-wise called for an 8 mile run with 2.5 miles of warm-up, 3 miles at 9:05, and then a 2.5 mile cool-down.

Sadly, due to what I believe to be Garmin user error, I don't have exact stats for all those parts of my run. What I can tell you is this: I ran with my running buddy Ann who normally chats up a storm while we run. She's usually talking away while I'm huffing and puffing to keep up. Well last night I pushed us hard and even Ann could barely speak.

I know we ran at least two miles at a sub-9:00 pace. I'll take it! The humidity finally broke on Sunday night so although I was dripping sweat by the time I got home I was almost chilly while cooling off.

It was a good, hard, tempo run of the kind I haven't had in awhile. My quads were like jello by the time we got to our water stop but it was a good feeling. And after taking a short break to chat with other runners at our group's finish point, I felt like I was flying on my run home. Total mileage: 8.5.

Last night gave me a taste of Fall. As much as I'll miss the longer daylight hours and the sunny weather that Summer brings, a part of me hopes it will silently fade away and let Fall take over.


kilax said...

Does Jason know when his car will be fixed (if they remember to work on it)?

That sounds like a great tempo. Left you a little bit wobbly but you still finished strong! Woo hoo! :)

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

This is perfect running weather! Glad you guys pushed it on your run and it went well. Yay for fall!

Amanda said...

I just found your blog but I can't wait to read through the adventure that has been your past few years. I desperately want to start running, but really have no idea what I'm doing - I know, who doesn't know how to run? I'm athletically challenged I suppose. Maybe this is just the inspiration I need.

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