But does it equal a PR?
In an attempt to stay injury free, I’m beginning to add a few recovery runs to follow hard/long runs. Doing a recovery run sounds easy and fun, right? Well yes, unless you’re me.
You see, I have trouble slowing down. (which is funny, bc I’m not at all fast!) I like to go out for every run and run at a comfortably hard pace. I only feel good, and like I’ve made a difference, if I’ve pushed the pace a bit. But this new strategy tells me to do otherwise.
Yesterday, I went out for my long run – a little over 6.5 miles. About a mile into it, I decided, since the distance isn’t so great, I could push the pace a bit. So I did, and I finished with an avg 8:53 pace. In the grand scheme of things, the pace isn’t amazing, but I’m happy with the amount of effort and work I put into it. I feel that I really challenged myself, when I could have easily just taken it back and relaxed. In the end, it was a great run (with Kevin!) and I’m pleased with it.
Following a long run, I’m supposed to do a recovery run the next day. So today, I planned to run 4 miles at a nice easy pace. And since my new shoes just arrived, I decided to start breaking these babies!
I decided to bring my watch, but left the footpod at home so I wouldn’t have pace or distance (yes, i’m about the only person that doesn’t have GPS. Waiting for a racing breakthrough so i can “earn” it!). Again, it was VERY challenging to not pick up the pace. Especially when there are people constantly passing you. 😦 not happy. I focused on my purpose and my mission (get strong and stay healthy!) and maintained control. Finished 4.2 miles with a 10:08 pace. Still, looking at that pace makes me cringe a bit, but I just keep reminding myself that I will soon be capable of so much more!
Everyone always tells me that patience is a virtue. And I get that. But i really, REALLY hope it’s a PR too! 🙂
In other news, HUGE CONGRATS to everyone that ran the Rock and Roll USA Half & Full yesterday! I made it out to spectate and cheer on two of my friends for their first half marathon! Congrats Jane and Maria! It was a perfect way to start off St.Patrick’s Day! (I look forward to running some races with y’all this summer!)
In true spectating fashion, I busted out markers and glitter.
And this one was made with special reference for Krystal-Rose and Rachelle! You ladies did great! 2016 will be our turn for the Olympic Marathon!
At first when I started watching, I had a bit of race envy. But then I just had so much fun spectating, and was so proud of everyone that I was really glad I was on the sidelines!
I hope everyone had a great weekend!!