Negative Split Run Brings New Goals
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I had a wonderful run today. I'm realizing more & more that I get stronger as a run goes on. Anyway, it was 44 degrees and drizzling when I went out to run at 7:45 this morning. I had a great run and some pretty strong negative spilts.
Here are my times:
mile 1 - 14:37
mile 2 - 13:41
mile 3 - 13:41 (mile 2 & 3 were together - forgot to hit 'lap')
mile 4 - 12:46
mile 5 - 12:53 (my ankle hurt for a minute or so & I walked)
mile 6 - 12:06
mile 6.5 - 5:54 (11:45 pace)
So, as I get past a few miles, and closer to the finish, I can run faster! And, I do! This cements the fact that I'd been discussing with others last week. I WILL start running a mile warmup run before any 5K competitions. As far as 10Ks, I will walk/run at least .5 miles. As far as Half Marathons, I'll probably just walk a little & use the first miles as warmups.
This also made me realize I can and will run my 10K - not walk/run. I switched to walk/run in mid-October, but I've been wanting to run more. So, I know this is doable. I ran 10K today!
Also, I hit 6.2 (so a 10K) at 1:22:09. My goal for my first ever 10K on February 26th was 1:20. Well, I can obviously beat that! My goal is now 1:15. I know that is a minute off per mile, but that is 6 weeks away AND I wasn't 'racing' today. I'm excited! And, if I can't do it, I can't do it! But that's my "A" goal.
That also has me dreaming of new goals for my next Half Marathon. But, I'll just have to see where my training takes me over the next few months.
I LOVE RUNNING!