Never could I have been compared to sleek gazelle or cheetah. I have also never had any illusions of grandeur about my running speed. I have, however been much faster than my current state (~11 minute mile). I know I will eventually get faster but for now, I have to accept my slow speed.
Mind you, I did not do that with yesterday’s 3 mile run. Having apparently taking temporary leave of my faculties I ran the first half under the illusion that I had gone back in time and trying to maintain a 10 minute pace. Not to shockingly, I had to stop, catch my breath and even walk .25 mile. Then I could finish my run at the much slower pace.
With today’s 5 mile run, I used more common sense. Trying to keep my pace between 10:45 and 11:00, I did so very much better! I ran the entire distance under 55 minutes and averaged a 10:52 pace.
While I have a long road ahead of me to return to a 10 minute pace. I know I can do it! It just takes time.
After some soul-searching and a heart-to-heart conversation with my fiancée, I have decided to reenter the world of half marathons. I will limit myself to one each year. This year, I will run one that I have never done before, the Prairie State Half Marathon. It’s new, it’s local, and hopefully, it will be completely awesome! My training plan, and ALWAYS use a training plan when running a half marathon, is by Hal Higdon. The man is a genius! I’ve used him to train for 7 half marathons and 1 marathon.
Do you ever feel like you’re not whole? Like something is missing? That is what I feel like when I am away from running. I’ve been like too often as I’ve late. I’m trying to change. I hope to run everyday through Friday. Starting next week, I will be returning to a creative and challenging regime of running, strength training and more.
This week has consisted of some short runs. I ran four miles yesterday and today was three. I have been pretty slow in my pace but I realize it will take a while to get back into my running groove. I hope to use the next six weeks to lose some of my excess weight and to create a routine that will continue after that.
I climbed this baby this morning. Training for calves of steel.