Awesome day running yesterday. There has to be a correlation between tempo runs and performance. Before my tempo run, I was having a hard time to get below 9:00 pace. Last Sunday for my long run I was way over a 9:00 pace. Yesterday I started out a bit slow, just because I was sore from the tempo run the day before. After the first mile it was all “down hill from there”.
Here are my splits:
And it felt great. I was a bit tired at the end, but not bad and I had almost no pain, except a little in my knee.
Now to the amazing part. Those who follow this blog know that TJ and RS run also. Yesterday RS had a great run and is getting back into the game after getting over some injuries. As I got home from my run, HM was playing a video game. HM doesn’t like to run but I keep trying to get him going anyway because I know he would do great if he just tried. Anyway, I got home after my 6 miles and he looks up at me and says, “Hey dad, do you want to run a mile with me”. Two thoughts go through my head. First, wow he rarely asked that before. Second, he thinks I am so tired I’ll say no. Before I could think, I said, sure, get on your shoes and let’s go. After 5 minutes of trying to find his shoes (they haven’t been warn much), we go for the run. RS joined us and we went for a slow mile. It was a recovery mile for me and a good starting mile for HM.
All that to say, days like yesterday are the reason I love running. I haven’t had one of those days in a while, so it was great getting to enjoy a fun, fast run and run a mile with two of my kids. Quoting from the Christmas Story, “All was right with the world”.
Tomorrow: I think I figured out the carb/diet/running problem that has plagued me for the past year!!!