Yesterday I felt good. It was a good day from the moment I woke up. Why yesterday, I don’t know. Maybe because I was thrilled with my tempo run the day before. Maybe because my goal of a 20:00 5K in May now looks possible. Maybe it was just a good day!
After work I went for my run. It was to be an easy run day, so I wanted to keep my pace slow. Usually I work at going as fast as I feel comfortable, but I now realize that in doing so, I was actually hurting my overall running ability. My goal now is to take my easy days easy and my workout days hard.
I want to also concentrate on increasing my mileage. I have been “stuck” between 35 – 45 miles a week for a long time. Our marathon isn’t until December and I know I have plenty of time, but I want to begin the task of upping my mileage now, so I can slowly get to where I need to be rather than only having 12 weeks to get there.
So how did my run yesterday go? Good. I ran 7 miles for the second day in a row. I thought of going 8, but knowing that today is a hill run workout, I didn’t want to do too much. But it was a good run. I averaged an 8:30 pace and, except for a couple of twinges, felt great for most of my run.
This is my new goal. To enjoy my easy runs more. To feel like I am running at a good pace, but to also feel like I could go farther at the end of my run.
Today the hill stands in front of me. Not looking forward to that. But I have learned by my years of living on this planet that the best things come by enduring through the hard things. Hill runs are tough. Tempo runs are tough. But a 20:00 5K… priceless!