I had two notable runs last week. One was good, one was BAD! You can read about the good one here. But of course you want to know about the bad, right!? If so, keep reading!!!
**Note: If the font size is all whacked out, I am sorry. I tried to fix it to no avail. If some parts are bigger than others, it was not my intention!**
For me, the anticipation of a race pace run is scarier than the actual run. I have run many race pace runs over the past several months and all of them went really well. I never missed my paces and they all felt like just the right amount of a challenge.
So on Saturday morning, when I was a little apprehensive to start my run, I reminded myself that in the past (most recently last weekend) all my race pace runs were fine. The hardest part was simply getting my butt out the door and doing it.
Guys, getting my butt out the door was the easiest part of my run on Saturday. Everything else was HARD!
I warmed up by running two miles. I didn't look down at my Garmin at all, but I felt a tiny bit sluggish. Nothing crazy... pretty normal for a warm up. As my Garmin beeped my second mile, I reset it and kicked it into gear. The goal was to run 6 miles at a 7:15 pace.
I was about 1/3 of a mile into my first pace mile when I knew that this run wasn't just going to be tough, it was going to be REALLY tough. My legs were so tired and felt heavy. It felt like I had already run ten miles on them! For the first time during a race pace run, I wondered if I would hit my marks. Should I even try? I just could not picture the run going well.
Somehow I finished the first mile and convinced myself to do another. After two miles, I knew if I busted out one more I could say at least I did half of my workout. This sounds dramatic, but with every step, I had to make the decision to take one more.
I just could not believe how difficult it was! A week before, I had run 5 miles at race pace pretty effortlessly. This was just not my day.
Mind game after mind game allowed me to complete all six miles. They weren't all exactly on pace, but that averaged out to 7:14 per mile- exactly what I ran last week. I was SO HAPPY I DID NOT GIVE UP!
Warm Up: 9:29, 8:12
Race Pace: 7:15, 7:18, 7:12, 7:23, 7:10, 7:02
Cool Down: 8:00, 8:02
The cool down was rough. That was the longest two miles ever. I really just wanted to skip it but I didn't. I walked for 10 minutes after as well and got in a good stretching session.
Thank goodness that workout is behind me! Hopefully next week I have a better race pace run!