Well I ended up with almost 105 miles for the month after my evening run yesterday. I can’t complain. I felt great.
I started out my run too fast at an 8:12 pace for the first mile. What was I thinking! Fortunately I got 3 calls from work during my workout which gave me an excuse to rest for a few minutes each time.
All in all things are coming along well with my running. I feel much stronger after all my mountain runs. It is like I am a whole different runner. I can push myself up hills in my neighborhood like never before. I run at paces that I have never run at before except to do a speed workouts. I just really feel good out there.
I think back to my marathon and specifically remember mile 4. I was coming down a small but steep hill and I felt my leg give way a bit. It was very unnerving and made me realize that even after all the training, my legs weren’t really strong enough for the 26.2 miles. I finished with a 4:15 time, but I had to walk off and on the last 10 miles or so.
Now I feel like I am on the right track. I am gaining leg strength. My lungs can handle longer and faster runs. I run mainly to feel, and have been in the 7:30 – 8:00 pace off and on lately. Overall my pace averages around 8:30, but I honestly think I am building a base so that I can run a sub 8:00 pace for a marathon and qualify for Boston one day.
So now we start a new month. All our apps set back to the big zero as we head out today to run.
The future is looking bright.
I love running.