So, the big question on everyone’s mind – is obviously – “So, did the Once and Future Runner manage to follow the training plan yesterday?” To which the answer is – YES! After dropping my kids off at the anti-drowning class (also known as swim lessons), I headed out of the door of the YMCA to do some pounding of the pavement. If I head out the door and to the left, there is a portion of “17c” that splits and then comes back together. This struck me as not being to long of a loop, and that I could go run that loop and be back in no time.
Well, in the course of this days’ run I learned some very valuable lessons, and although I know people learn through doing and not reading – I will share my new-found wisdom with you here!
Lesson 1) A road you drive on regularly at 60 mph, seems really, really long when running it at 7.6 mph.
Lesson 2) When running on “highway-like” conditions some idiots will think it is hysterical to swerve on to the shoulder you are running on.
Lesson 3) “highway-like” conditions aren’t the most enjoyable to run on. No good scenery, much hotter than most places and the breeze you do get – smells like exhaust.
I had some fairly good splits (for a slow, out of shape 36-year-old):
Mile 1: 8:04
Mile 2: 7:51
Mile 3: 8:18
Mile 4: 7:27
These are noticeably faster than the runs I have been doing (pre-Boilermaker) and I have 2 theories on this.
1) The last mile of the Boilermaker 15k I ran at an 8:12 pace – after doing 8 miles. This has made me realize I have been “dogging it” in the speed department on my runs (with speeds of 9 minutes to 11 minutes a mile.) This has made me realize I CAN run faster as I cover the distance I am running – as long as I can learn to “suck it up, buttercup.”
2) When you are worried about idiot drivers “pretending” to hit you by swerving on to the shoulder you are running on (and “accidentally” actually hitting you), you run faster to get out of the situation as quickly as possible.
I think the easiest way to test out these two theories to see which is true – is to not repeat the “highway-like road course” again. If I continue to push it and run faster (though tonight is a recovery run, so it will be at a slow pace), then obviously it wasn’t the terror screaming through my mind – but an actual change of my mind-set on running.