So Tuesday was my return to speed work. With a 5K coming next week I wanted to see what kind of pace I could muster. I went to my normal group run, and decided to go out easy for 3 miles, then turn back, 1 fast mile, 1/2 mile rest, 1 fast mile, 1/2 mile jog in. I hoped to be close to 7 minute pace. That was the plan anyway...
decided to also break out the Kinvaras for the first time since October,
so I would be testing if those hurt my feet more than my heavier
Cortanas. I wore my heel pads though.
First mile was
leisurely, but, as often happens on these group runs, I got sucked into
running with my peers, and the pace picked up. I was helpless to resist.
So miles 1-3 were 8:51, 8:02, 8:07. It was NOT conversational pace, as I
was gasping while talking. During mile 3 I thought, well maybe just
make this a tempo run...But I tried to relax and slow down, and stuck
with the plan. Should have been closer to 9 minute pace, but whatever. I
was already tired.
Before the turnaround, I felt the need
for a pit stop. Luckily there was a beach restroom right there at mile
2.95, so I took a short sit-down break, caught my breath, and got ready
to really push it.
It felt good to run fast. I love it.
Like a weight is lifted from me, and I can just GO! For a minute or two.
Then my body starts to say, "Hey...wait a minute, I need more oxygen
here fella..." First check at pace showed 7:11. Not bad, I could hold
that and pick it up in the 2nd half... A little later I check and I am
at 6:53. Whoa, howdy! I am happy that I can still run fast! But I try to
dial it back a bit. Long way to go.
I held on fine though
and managed to push it hard toward the end and finish with a 6:46!
Alright, alright, alright! I walk a little and then trot while getting
my breath back. Legs are heavy, but, shoot, I just ran 6:46! Feeling
pretty good! After 1/2 mile I am ready to go again.
the Garmin and take off. Feels good. After about a tenth, I check the
watch, and it is not moving!!!! Apparently I forgot where the lap
button was in the last 4 months! So instead of lap I hit stop, and had
to start the timer up again. So this one would be a little long. Great.
it definitely felt harder this time. I was hanging right near 7:00 pace
and it was WORK. The last 1/4 mile seemed to take forever (since it was
over a mile after all), but I hung tough and held pace and finished
with 6:55. Man, I was exhausted. But happy. I guess I still have a
little speed left after all. Not the sub 6:30s I could do 6 months ago,
but not bad at all. And my feet didn't bother me, so that's good.
And I get to run here, in 60 degree temps.
Life is good.