A long time ago I read that on days when Olympic athletes set new records that they don’t necessarily feel they are at their best prior to their event. That’s something else I had forgotten about but was jogged out of the cobwebbed recesses of my mind this morning’s training run.
On one hand, I know my numbers are laughable by any real runner’s standards. I know my brother could bury these numbers with half effort but… I have to deal with me and where I’m at. This is another thing that guy at the Nashville Expo talked about. When he asked what time people were expecting to finish the race in. He said a lot of people would mention prior runs or PR’s and… I can relate. He spent some time talking about acknowledging what can be done NOW. Today.
The excitement in my head stems from that fact that I’m beginning to give birth to a belief. Considering I’ll ultimately need to believe I can run an entire marathon then the doc in me thinks I’ll need to be multiparous (multiple births) 🙂
I’ve been holding at 4o minutes total training time per my schedule for 7 workouts now and have been wanting to see a distance of 3 miles covered. I finally hit 3.01 today, with my highest average speed of 4.5 mph, also had my highest average per mile pace of 13:12 and my fastest mile of 12:50.
I actually had progressively faster miles with 1st, 2nd & 3rd miles of 13:46, 13:15 and 12:50 🙂 …Reverse Splits! 🙂
The program I’m following is a 26 week program and I’m 4 weeks ahead in the program which is a darn good thing because I still think I’m going to need some extra time to get to Week 7 of the program which starts out with 20 minutes of solid running. I’m getting closer and need to stick with what I’m doing and what’s working. There’s only so much and so fast I can cajole this body into transforming itself into a running machine.
Unless there is some massive change in my running and I all of a sudden start running non-stop, I will need some extra weeks of training and conditioning. I figure I’ll put the next week at 40 minutes run/walk with my 5 min warm up. Might keep the 45 min run/walk up for two weeks then jump it to 50 min run/walk for two weeks.
A little more aggressive might be to take the next 4 weeks (if needed) to 45, 50, 55, 60 minutes 4 days per week. Maybe not so aggressive since those times still adhere pretty well to the 10% rule.
I have become much more of a stretching machine and have especially been working on my right piriformis muscle.
I’m looking forward to a lot. The first non-stop 1 mile run. The first time around the 1.5 mile path at the park non-stop. The first 1 hour of running non-stop. Looking forward to four 20 minute non-stop runs for the week. Looking forward to the long runs on the weekends. Hmmm, 20 years ago there were no smart phones and I would have to take my car out the night before and drive a path for my long runs. 🙂
That run coming up – The full marathon in Wynne, Arkansas – it’s not a big run and there may only be 500 marathoners total but, this is a personal thing. There is a masonic type meme I ran across recently that says something about people who shine from the inside don’t need the spotlight.
I like that 12:50 mile time. My average pace last month was 16:40 per mile. We’re moving in the right direction 🙂
I just want to keep running longer and faster.
I usually add a quote to a text I send my brother w/ a screenshot of my run. I added Steve Prefontaine’s quote today, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” good stuff 🙂
oh yeah – I’ve got a start on my Music Tab and augmented my playlist with an extra 30 songs. 🙂 🙂 🙂