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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!
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  • 4EVERADONEGIRL
    Good job on adjusting and making the most of it!
    3858 days ago
  • SHRINKINRUNNER
    AWESOME job! I always wonder how you and anyone else can run more then 5k. When I run just that I feel so tired and ugh. Its hard just to do that and run as long as it takes me to run that. KUDOS to you!

    It is always wonderful to be running outdoors and run wherever your legs take you!
    3858 days ago
  • FUNFROG79
    Wow! That's fast! Congrats! I love my Garmin and it really pushes me!
    3858 days ago
  • MYTURN11
    Great blog - you run fast - I am trying to practice going faster this year. I broke my wrist during a fall in the autumn 2009 and I think I had bit of a fear of falling when running downhill going on. I like running wherever my heart takes me - not same old - same old.

    Best of luck to you. emoticon emoticon
    3859 days ago
  • LLBEAN75
    I absolutely love running with my garmin gps! It's so handy and really pushes me to work harder on my runs because I actually know my distance and pace!

    And how awesome to find the 1/8th mile track! You could do some serious speed workouts over there!!
    3859 days ago
  • no profile photo SPARKMEAGAN2011
    I don't know much about running, but it sounds like you got some nice times today. Keep it up!
    3859 days ago
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