Good Morning Fellow New Runners!
After going through some of my past posts, I realized so many of my writings are about bad runs. Whether it is going slower than other runners, not being able to run as far or just having a bad run for me, it seems like the hard runs seem to be outweighing the good runs lately.
However, this past Saturday changed all of that. I had a GREAT run! I am working on not only adding miles, but adding speed. My goal is to run under 11 minutes per mile for the two races I have in February. Why am I so concerned about speed suddenly? One of these two races will be my proof of time for the Tower of Terror 10 miler in October, that’s why! I hope to be running with friends during that race and would like to be in the same (or at least not too far behind) corral. I have been working on my speed, but for quite some time now nothing I have been doing seemed to have helped.
On Saturday I started out and made sure to keep an eye on my Garmin for my pace. As an added incentive I had carpooled to the park with a fellow runner, who runs much faster than I, and who was only planning on going a mile farther than me. He had to leave by a specific time so I had to make sure I was done quickly. The first few miles were pretty good going, I even got behind someone running my target pace and followed her for a little bit. I eventually caught up to her and started a little conversation. Running with someone to talk to really does make the miles go by much faster!
However, around the half way point, I had to turn around and run by myself. This is where I always slow down, those later miles just get me. Continuing to monitor my Garmin, my pace did vary a bit but the minute I saw it was too slow, I sped up. I kept telling myself I would not stop, I refused to slow or walk. I had to prove to myself I could do it!
It was not always easy, but I kept visualizing the finish line at various races, visualizing me accomplishing those goals. Before I knew it mile 7 was upon me. My first thought, when my friend never passed me heading back to the car, was darn, “I could have done 8”! Next Saturday, I will. At my goal speed. And it will be Awesome!!
Enjoy the Run!