I finally had a chance to sit down and look at all the info my garmin has been keeping on me. This week has been an interesting one. The first question I had to ask was, where did that come from? when I was looking at my times from Tuesday and today.
Tuesday was the day I went to my first USA Fit running clinic, which just happened to be on hills. I don't run fast, but I like to think that I can hold my own against yours truly. And I did just that! We did a nice little warm up and then went up a .25 mi hill twice over. Tuesday night I was happy to see that my second time up the hill was 3 seconds faster than the first. When we were done we did a nice little cool down. So, imagine my surprise just now when I looked at my ave pace for the hills expecting 9s or even 10s and I see hill 1 = 8:15/mi and hill 2 = 7:58. I don't even break 8:00/mi when I'm doing 400s on flat ground or the treadmill!
Fast-forward to this afternoon. It was a hot 85F with high humidity and 15 mph winds. The training plan called for a tempo run. I asked my coach what this meant (as I'm used to times and mileage and more information). What I was told was to do a 10 min warm up, ~15 minutes at a few seconds slower than 5K pace, and a 10 min cool down. OK. I can go slow to start and end. 5K pace in this heat? Ummmmm, I can barely hold 9:00/mi when it is perfectly cold and I'm well rested. So I just went for it and my two miles of tempo both came in at 8:50/mi. Once again, where did that come from?
Now I want to run a 5K because at that pace I'd get a PR! The only problem is holding it for another 1.1 miles. Maybe I'll do it when it is cold, as in 30F cold. I guess it is one more thing to strive for.
Do you ever surprise yourself when running?