Where the Road Leads....
Sunday, January 02, 2011
I love running on neighborhood streets and trails. I don't really like running on a treadmill or at a track. I love choosing which direction I go at each corner or intersection. I never know quite where I'm going - I just let my feet take me where they want to go.
Today was supposed to be my long run of 5 or 6 miles. I usually run first thing in the morning, but it was only 32 degrees out so I decided to wait until after noon. Well, things did NOT go as planned. I could never get a comfortable run going. I think it was a combination of:
1. the time of day
2. the new water bottle (which I did not care for, even though I put it on my wish list! It straps around your hand)
3. my new GPS (which I'm constantly checking and trying to increase my pace)
4. my workouts the past 2 days - a 'killer' 3 mile workout 2 days ago and my first ever 10 mile bike ride yesterday.
Between those 4 things, I think it added together to make a NOT-so-great long run.
So, my feet ended up taking me to the elementary school where I've only run once before. They have a soft running track out in the middle of the field. I used my GPS to see how far it was... 1/8th of a mile! Hmmm... that could be handy. So, I decided to see how fast I could run it. For each lap, I started fairly fast and just kept going faster & faster!
First lap around: I forgot to hit my 'lap' button... but at the end I was running a 5:46 pace!!! Incredible!!!
Second lap: time of 1:01 (for an eighth of a mile!) with a fastest pace of 5:49!!!
Third lap: messed up (says 2:34) with fastest pace of 5:46.
Fourth lap: 0:59 seconds! with a fastest pace of 6:25.
I'm not sure how accurate the paces are, but I was running the fastest I've EVER run. It felt incredible! My heart was pounding and I can't imagine that people actually run this fast for more than a few seconds!
As far as my HR, it shows my high was only 169. I find that hard to believe! I often get around 160 while running. So, I'm curious as to what my maximum HR is.
Anyway, I ended up going 3 total miles. Most of the rest of my run was SLOW. And, after each sprint I had to walk...slowly...for a couple of minutes. My GPS showed a pace of over 20 mins/mile!
My point was that I had intended on doing a 'long', slow run. When that didn't work out, I went where the road lead. And, I ended up having a pretty good speed workout!