Last week I had a rough week – I just haven’t been feeling like myself lately, and it kind of came crashing down last week.
I ran a whopping three miles during the week, and contemplated skipping my “long” run on Saturday.
I really just wanted to sit on the couch and pout…and watch Netflix, and pout some more. After Chris got home on Friday night I felt a little better, and decided that I would head out to Starkey Park to run w/ the group.
I decided on Friday night that I wanted to run hard on Saturday – I had some frustration that I wanted to get out and running hard was the best way I could think of to pound out my stress.
I started out the run with a big group of Strider friends, and eventually ended up running w/ Chris & Scott .. which proved to be
a mistake fun. One of the reasons I love running w/ the group so much is because of the friendly competition – I didn’t used to be apart of this competition; I just sat back and watched ( and laughed) at the constant jabbing that would come from Chris & Jackie over who is faster… then at the St.Pete RnR 1/2 I accidently ran a 1:47, and somehow I was dragged into the competition.. It’s fun, and hilarious…
Back to Saturday: Somewhere after mile 2 we sped up the pace and separated from the main group – I was feeling pretty comfortable with the pace that we were keeping and I was enjoying the run. The running gods blessed us with a cool(er) morning on Saturday – the temps were in the mid 60’s and the humidity was low.
At mile 4 we stopped for water, I took a gel, and then we headed back in for the final 4 miles. I knew that I wanted to try to run the final 4 miles faster than the first 4 miles.. Apparently Chris had the same idea because I felt like we were racing the final 4 miles.
I’d be lying if I said that these paces felt easy – I was struggling a little but dangit I couldn’t give up. Chris kept pulling ahead of me (Tara and Scott flat out passed me) and that was all the motivation I needed to run harder.
Somewhere around mile 6.5 Chris dropped back and told me I had him …. I got cocky. I slowed down a little bit – he was killing me with the pace we were keeping and I was glad for the break..
THEN – at mile 7.5 he blew past me.. I mean, he didn’t just beat me, he smoked me. Not by a little, by a lot. He was probably behind me laughing the whole time – he was back there building up his energy and I was busting my ass to stay ahead of him.. ugh. \
that’s okay .. it’s game on now..
and yes. I had to create this little splits chart on excel because my computer is still broken and I can’t get the Garmin drivers to load onto Chris’ computer.. I haven’t uploaded a run in weeks. I don’t even know how many miles I ran in April or what I’m at so far for May (not much, I can tell ya that).
OH, BTW, running buddy Chris is not my husband Chris.. two different people..
My avg pace was 7:58 !!! My first sub 8 long run, which was/is very exciting for me!
I love long runs – I wish I could just skip all the weekday runs and long run only. Sometimes weekday runs are just so mundane, and pointless…. but I really do need to get back to getting some weekday miles in –
Okay. This is me making a schedule for this week: Maybe making a schedule will give me something to look forward to again?
Monday: okay, let’s start the plan on Tuesday
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles
Saturday: 8 easy
Sunday: 7.5 trail run in Croom
Total: 26 miles …. lol, this laughable considering the last two weeks I’ve run a total of 22 miles.