Today’s easy run results totally took me by surprise, hours later I am still grinning. Firstly, this week is a recovery week, a week where I allow my body some much needed rest before starting another round of hard workouts. Secondly, I run my first 5k this weekend and will be accomplishing a major milestone goal. Both factors led to reduced run workouts that were specifically aimed at preparing for the race on Saturday.
The plan for this week was pretty simple:
- Tuesday get an easy run in
- Wednesday and Thursday swim and otherwise rest
- Friday get an hour of early morning spinning in to help loosen and remove leg stiffness
- Saturday race.
So today was an easy run, no frills, just run. I had no anticipation to beat any times, or to go any faster, my focus was just on setting a consistent pace and sticking with it for all 3 miles. The end result blew me away!
Highlights of today’s run:
- I beat my 3 mile time by close to 3 minutes in less than 2 weeks, my best 3 mile time previous to today witch was 2.91 miles in 47:59 minutes. Today I ran 3.02 miles in 46:26 minutes!!!
- I improved my 1 mile time: Previously on this route my best mile time was 15:44 last Monday October the 15th, on my first mile. Today my best mile time was 15:02 and that was on my second mile (the first mile was still 15:16). That is 42 seconds faster for one mile distance!!!!
- Pacing was really good: On previous runs I was all over the place, in the 15s, 16s and 17s for each mile. Today my pacing was really good going 15:15/15:02/15:50. The last mile was the only one that went up a steep hill, so I walked a little bit of it and still had a very strong finish. Stayed in the range I wanted to be in and not all over the place.
- Getting better at feeling the running pace and using terrain. As I mature as a runner I can usually feel my body’s reaction to the pace and I speed up on down hills. In other words I am becoming more efficient at running and I am getting faster because of the consistency.
- Felt good except I was amazingly coughing hard at the end of the run. I did not feel out of breath till I hit the very end and then I started coughing. Not sure of this or if it was a product of the cold.
A very good running day and a very positive way to get my final run in before my 5k. Slowly I am getting faster, but more importantly I am getting better as a runner and I am making better decisions while running and pacing smarter. I am very pleased with my progress so far. I can not wait to see what my time will be on Saturday as the course is flatter than what I usually run. It won’t matter because the most important thing this weekend is finishing that major milestone. Til next time.
What was your best memory or major milestone as a runner? Share in the comments.