Speed is relative….as they say, so when I say I am FAST, I mean fast for me. I know I don’t have to say it again, but I am a slow runner. I own it, it’s ok. It’s just who I am.
This morning I had a 5 mile “speed” run planned. This included a 1 mile super slow warm-up, 3 – 1 mile “sprints”, and a 1 mile super slow cool down. I was hoping to negative split the three miles. My goal was to do 11:15, 11:10, and 11:05. My average pace is around 12:00 – 12:30 so this was still a pretty quick pace for me. My 5K PR is an 11:15 pace….so seriously this would be fast for me.
|No, this is not really me, but I was this excited!|
I run early, as in 5am and still completely dark early. So I can’t see my Garmin. I have no idea what my pace is. After my 1 mile warm up, I just decided to run at a good pace. One that felt difficult, but not overwhelming. I pushed myself and when mile 2 beeped I pushed the light on my Garmin and what popped up – 10:49. What? 10:49, who’s this girl? I just ran 1 mile in 10:49. That’s smoking fast. I still wanted to do negative splits, but I had just ran too fast. What the heck, I’ll push it and see what happens. Mile 3 – 10:33……HOLY Toledo! Now I was done for, no way could I go faster than that for my 4th mile, but I’ll give it all I’ve got. Mile 4 – 10:30…..wahooo I ROCKED it! I negative split like a CHAMP!! Mile 5, slow, slow, cool down. I couldn’t believe it. I would have killed my 5K PR this morning and the weather was even hot. It was 70 degrees this morning with 70% humidity. Not exactly ideal running conditions.
What a great way to start the day. Now, I have to tell you the complete truth. I did stop in between each mile for a quick stretch, just to make sure I didn’t pull anything. I’m not sure I could have put those times together consecutively, but even with the short break, I was super happy with my run!! I love it when a plan comes together!
Now, tomorrow, I’m sure I’ll be back to my old slow self, but that’s ok. At least I know I have it in me to go faster. Those miles in the 10:30s are my fastest miles on record. That’s right, I broke a record this morning baby!! Love it!
Thanks for all the thoughtful and wonderful comments on my blog lately about my shoulder injury! Seriously, you guys are so awesome! If you missed my update, read it here. I started my PT last night. Fingers crossed things go well!