Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Finding My Pace

My half marathon PR had me at an average pace of 8:52.  I've always been pleased with this, but I've also always secretly been hoping I can get it down to 8:30.  When I ran that PR, I had just run a marathon PR three months prior and was in really good shape.

I'm finally starting to feel like I'm getting that kind of pace ability back.  If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that I've been more concerned with building my endurance back rather than my speed.  This has been a tough thing for me because on the inside I'm raring to go and wanting to focus on both.  However, I felt it was best to be conservative when I got to start running again in February, and I still stand behind this decision.

I can always work on speed once I'm back in my marathon frame of fitness.  There will be other marathons.  Honestly?  I'm just going to be happy to be running in the Chicago marathon.  It's going to be amazing whether I get a new PR or not.  (That's not to say I don't want one.  I do. But I've decided that if it doesn't happen, I'll get back into training and start working on speed again.)

But here's the thing.  Even though I wanted to be conservative... even though I wanted to just focus on endurance first... even though I'm happy with taking it easy and getting back in shape... I still kind of want to get faster. :)

So I was thrilled tonight when I ran my 5 miles in 43:55... an average pace of 8:47.  

Could I do it for 13 miles yet?  NO. 

But was I ecstatic that I've now been able to keep around a 9:00 average pace (if not a little faster) on my tempo runs for a few weeks now? HECK YES!

I even ran a negative split.  Granted, it was negative by 5 seconds so it's more like I ran a consistent split... but hey!  That rocks!

My ankle was fine.  My nasal passages were fine.  My only issue is that my left shin is a little displeased, but I'm not terribly worried about that.  After running for 12 years, I've learned that sore shins sometimes come with the territory.  Although, I still think it's odd that ALL of the aches and pains I've had since I've started running again have been in my left leg, the one I wasn't allowed to walk on for a month.  It seems to me that we're just not meant to not use our limbs... 

Anyways, it was a great run and it got me really excited.  I'm about to get into the 18- and 20-milers of this training cycle, so it's nice to have this little confidence booster.  Even though I've run 4 marathons and I KNOW I can do this, I still get nervous before these super long runs.


Carlee said...

awesome job! sounds like you are having fun with the speed too!

Rachel H. said...

Sounds like you are doing great...Keep it up!

April said...

whew girl, you are fast!!

Nicole said...

GREAT JOB!!!!! Your awesome- sounds like everything is going wonderful for you! Your SOOO going to rock Chicago! Keep up the great work!!

Niki said...

Great job!! Keep it up and you will keep getting faster!!

Alisa said...

Great work! However, you and I are vastly different paces are you sure you wanna run with me this weekend? We can always start together and go our own paces and meet at the end.

aron said...

yayyyy awesome job girl!!!