It’s official. I’m running regularly again. Well, I guess if you could call one time for 5 miles regular. But, I am PLANNING on running regularly again. I’m on a running streak of 1. I imagine that Paris Hilton is having a similar streak of not getting hammered and drunk dialing that guy she made the noodie video with…. Baby steps Paris, baby steps.
I sorta took off 2 weeks after my race in Fargo to recuperate and get over the cold that I had. As a result, I have since ran a total of 8 miles in the last two weeks split across a painful 3 miler and a snotty 5 miler. I read somewhere (Possibly the Running Laminator? Can’t remember) that after a marathon you should take off a day for each mile. While that seemed a bit extreme, I didn’t feel bad that I took the time off.
Anyway, I ran 5 miles at my new relaxed pace of 8:15/mile. I’m making a conscious effort to step my pace up a notch with the goal of getting my speed up just a bit. Not a lot of speed, just the tip, to see how it feels. The new paces that I’m going to try to hit are somewhere between 8:30 for my super long runs, 7:45 for marathon pace runs, and 7:00 for tempo runs (speed workouts will be done around 6:30). That will put me on pace for a 3:23 marathon.
The run felt good. It was really nice to get back on the wagon again. I noticed that the Lifetime Fitness that I go to gets BUSY during the early evening hours. In fact, all of the 50 or so treadmills were full at one time during the night. So to try to free up the treadmills a bit earlier for others (ok, I just wanted to see if I could do it or not) I ran the last mile in 6:30. Not the best idea, but I’m sort of an idiot like that.
On a side note, I REALLY need to find a fast 5K and see if I can break 20 minutes. I’m not sure if I can do it right now, but I know that I can get really close if I try.