Yesterday I started my run with some trepidation. Yes, I have never used that word before in a sentence, but it fits here. My plan was to run my first tempo run since the week before my half marathon. So it has been quite a while since I have attempted this run. What scared me most was my body’s reaction to the workout. My goal was to run 2-3 miles at tempo pace which is somewhere between 7:23 – 7:29. Last time I was doing tempo and hill workouts was when my hip, knees and body in general rebelled and I was in a lot of pain almost every day.
So I began my run. I ran 2 miles at a normal pace just trying to get warmed up. My first mile wasn’t good. My right hamstring had been hurting for two days and actually started hurting at work walking down a hall. On my run it felt fine, but my left hamstring began hurting. Crazy. I really considered trashing my plans and just running a normal run. By the time I got done with 2 miles, I felt better and decided to go for it!!!
I ran well. I felt good. The first two miles weren’t easy, but weren’t hard. I decided to go for the third mile. It was getting difficult to keep up my pace for the third, but I did. I ending up running those 3 miles in an average pace of 7:17. This put me just 40 seconds behind my 5K PR. That was where I needed paramedics to look at me because I ran too hard.
Finally I ran a SLOW cool down mile. I ended all 6 miles at a 8:10 average pace.
I haven’t been running well lately. I seem to be slow and feel blah in my runs. This run pumped me up. I can still run the hard runs and with 15 lbs off of my body, it wasn’t nearly as bad.
So today is an easy day and tomorrow a hill run. Hill runs have really hurt in the past. I’ll be interested how my weight loss has helped in that area also.