The past few months I’ve been struggling to produce a run that I feel is worth a damn.
It’s been a hot and humid summer no doubt, and a lot of cycling and swimming have also been thrown into the mix, but it’s been months since I’ve logged a really good quality run.
This was beginning to take its toll….physically and mentally.
The harder I’d try, the worse things would get.
My pace would slow, my frustration would build, and my attitude would disintegrate.
So I just stopped…
Trying that is.
Some of y’all may be asking….
A) what IS the magic pace ?? and
B) why is it so freaking important???
Well, let me tell you….
I’m actually looking much further down the road to my 1/2 marathons and 70.3 in the winter and next spring. I want to finish the 1/2 in under 2 hours and as of last year, I’m 7 minutes off that mark. I figure if my “everyday” pace is around a 9 min/mile, then I SHOULD be able to reach this goal once I start focusing on running throughout the winter. Last spring, when I set this goal, I was easily running 9:20 min/mile so this idea didn’t seem too far fetched……until the summer hit and things went to hell with the weather.
So pace be damned, I headed out this morning for a…gasp…run.
No pressure, no running buddies…..just me, my Ipod…..and yes, I brought the Garmin…..I can’t help it. I’m an addict.
As I’m running along, I glance down to check my heart rate as the 1st mile chirps off and I see 9:30…hmm, not too bad….
Next mile chirps 8:54 (nice), next 8:46 (sa-weet), next 8:39 (kickin’ ass), next 8:49 (I may cry), till the very last chirp 8:40 (OMG did I just do this?).
The entire run was over and my average pace was 8:55 min/ mi.
Not necessarily fast, but fast enough to continue working to meet the goals I have set for myself.
I jumped up and down. I screamed and yelled. Walkers wondered if I had lost my mind and I really felt the need to explain that I’d actually FOUND it, right then and there!
I desperately WANT to be a fast runner.
I don’t know if I ever will be.
What I do know is this….
Today, out on that road, I may not have gotten what I wanted, but I certainly got what I needed!
And it was WONDERFUL!
Run Happy, My Friends!