I haven’t had a straight up running update in a while, so I figured that I was due. Especially since, as I sit here in my underwear, I’m still recovering from a solid 9 mile run.
Monday - 3 miles, 8:00 pace
Soooooo, this run was supposed to be a recovery run. There is a reason that I normally run these on a treadmill. Just like a college kid to Natural Light beer, my body is drawn to running ~8:00 min miles. VERY good during a marathon, not so good during a recovery run when the goal pace is 8:30. Need to work on this when not running on a treadmill. Of course, the irony is that I’m working to make my body gravitate to 7:15 min miles (3:10 marathon). Stupid Boston Marathon and your stupid goals making yourself so stupid appealing….
Tuesday - 9 miles, 8:03 pace
Wowza. My mid week “sorta long” runs are really starting to ramp up. I suppose you don’t get to 50+ miles a week by running 4 miles at a time, but it never hit me that it would require running 10+ miles 3 or more times a week. That is, until today. So, I had to treat this just like a weekend run. I made sure to hydrate during the day, made sure that I was covered in body glide, and I had to make sure that I had enough food to not keel over after 7 miles. I used a gift card that my mom gave me (thanks mom!) to buy one of those hand grip water bottles to run with. I had previously been running with water bottles in my shorts pockets. It sort of looked like I had some sort of growth on each side of my legs. Either that, or I was REALLY enjoying my run and my jumblies were hanging out all over the place. The bottle was a life saver. I was able to carry 20 oz of water with me while I suffered through the Atlanta heat. Well worth the $15 that it cost.
I thought about posting a graph of my pace, but basically it just looked like a straight line hovering around 8:00/mile. So, instead here is a chart about the governator! Hasta La Vista....