I know it isn't every day that runners try to go slow, but I needed it today. One year ago I was working hard to run at a 12 minute mile. Then, as I trained for my first half marathon (Oct 2009) I got faster. I'm not fast by any means, but I'm a lot faster than I was a year ago. Lately my outdoor runs have been races against everything I have going on. I haven't been able to slow down, so today's focus was to run slower than a 10 min mile (Monday's outdoor run yielded an ave. pace of 8:46/mi and a wicked sideache).
- Mile 1: 9:58 = FAIL
- Mile 2: 9:50 = FAIL, going the wrong direction
- Mile 3: 9:54 = FAIL, is it possible for me to go slower?
- Mile 4: 10:00 = FINALLY!
- Mile 5: 10:16 = Relaxing a little more
- Mile 5-5.59: 5:18 for an ave. pace of 8:56 = Screw it! I've been trying to end my runs strong so I picked it up the last ¼ mile
I may not have relaxed as much as hoped, but I finally slowed down part way through the race. I've been grappling with a lot of things lately and the pressure I'm putting on myself seems to be weighing me down more than I thought. The biggest thing coming up is my next state exam is coming up on 4/10 (the third of three teacher certification exams). It isn't surprising to me that my fastest mile I was thinking about the test and what I have left to do to get ready for the exam. Over the next couple weeks I'll probably get into some of the other things I've been going back and forth with. Nothing major, but still enough to get me all mentally up in arms. Oh - and a piece of good news: no IT pain. Apparently PT is working!
Now, I'm going to relax with my kids, watch the end of the Nascar race (Bristol isn't being nice to my favorite driver Kenseth). And then maybe talk the family into a short walk around the neighborhood before dinner.
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