Days to Race: 80
Distance/Time: 2.23 mi/ 19.10 min
It was a balmy 54 degrees this morning and yet the bank is playing holiday music out its windows. Weird.
Well it was another day where it was hard to drag myself out of bed and get out there but I'm so happy I did. Some of my neighbors have already decorated for Christmas and they left their lights on into the early morning so it was quite beautiful. Not only that, but there is a lot that is selling trees along my route. As I passed, I could smell the evergreens. I do love Christmas. I can't wait to see the rest of the town come alive with the lights and the smells and sounds.
I guess this is one of those instances that proves that you can accomplish more when you don't know your limitations. I was all set to write about my worries of embarrassing myself in Florida. I don't want to be dead last again. I know, I know, run your own race and all that jazz but still it's a bit rough.
This morning I decided to do my route backwards, which tends to freshen things up a bit. I mapped the 2.23 mile run out in my head and set off nice and easy. Considering my 10K wasn't that long ago and this was taking the place of my long run, I figured I could just have a slow run. Still, I didn't think I'd be pushing myself to complete it in 30 minutes. I've done this run a bunch of times, but when I ended at 30 min 33 sec, I chalked it up to residual soreness and poor nutrition.
After my run, I went to log the run and I was puzzled that the run I did wasn't the one I thought. It was the same roads, but a different combination, so I mapped the new one out. 2.5 miles. Not a huge improvement, but still a quarter mile better AND it was at a 12:15 min/mile pace! I don't know if I could have done it if I'd known I was reaching for something longer. The stress and pressure I would have put on myself probably would have weighed me down.
So, I started out worried about where I would be in February and now I'm feeling much better about my abilities. Maybe I'll even run the Turkey Trot again next year.
Happy Thanksgiving! I completed my 10K and did it in under my goal time. According to MapMyRun, my pace was at 13:03/mile which I am very pleased with. It was very cold and I was so nervous being surrounded by all those people. Luckily, that didn't last too long. I had a nice group around me as I did my thing running 2 minutes and walking 1 minute, but when it came time for the 5Kers to split off, I suddenly found myself running alone.
I always like to joke that I am the mouth-breather bringing up the rear and this time that was literally what happened. The good news is it didn't bother me too much aside from a minor swear when the front pacer lapped me after about a half-hour in. That dude could run!
Towards the end, though I managed to pass two people, one of whom asked me if there was anyone behind me. She wasn't too happy when I told her that I didn't think so. So I told her we were miles ahead of the people who didn't start. She didn't appreciate that either. Some people just take this stuff too seriously. Or they don't read the right motivational memes.
So I was last and got a police escort to the finish line. The point is I ran, I did it under goal and had a good time doing it (no injuries!). Now my legs are sore and all I want is turkey and beer. If you'll please excuse me :-) I have some pants that I should be busting out of soon.
I should probably just give up now. I will never be able to dress appropriately for the weather. Either I am too warm and have to strip during my runs, or I'm so cold I can barely move. Today was one of the former. The weather apps all said it was freezing with a bit of sleet and snow on the way. Once I got outside, however, it was much more temperate. All in all, though, a good run and a nice precursor to Thursday's Turkey Trot.
For a run that didn't feel like it was very good, I seemed to have good results. My pace is down to 13.09/mi. I think two things keep my from really feeling strong. The first is the fact that (again) I did not eat before running. I had to do my run early and it was only 3 miles so I figured I could just do without. Bad idea. The second is the Turkey Trot this Thursday. I'm doing a 10K to send in to Disney so that I can move ahead in the corrals. This is my first race where the results matter, not just whether or not I finish it and so I'm just stressing myself out. I'm shooting for an hour and a half finish time. That's a 15 min/mile pace which shouldn't be a problem and yet still I worry...
Another good, but cold, run. My warmup route is really just a small loop around my apartment complex. This means that I have to pass the door to go inside and get warm at least once. Everytime, I think about just going inside, getting in bed and pulling the covers up over my head. It's an urge that sometimes I can barely ignore. Only when I've started my stopwatch and picked up the trot that I like to call a run can I refocus.