Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Today's run called for 5 miles with 3 miles at a 9:09 pace (my goal half-marathon pace)! I started the first mile off at an 11:00 minute pace on the treadmill before I pumped up the speed. 6.6 on the 'mill was a 9:04 mile and 6.5 was a 9:13 mile. Since I couldn't zero in on the 9:09 pace precisely I just went with the 6.5 speed. At the beginning of running fast my left knee was really feeling pulled. I almost stopped, but decided to see if it went away. It did.
Much like Monday's run, it was HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somewhere into mile 2 I felt my hand reaching for the controls to turn down the speed. But I didn't let myself do it. I just kept going. I kept thinking about how I could get through the next 'X' minutes. I tried to think about how temporary the pain was, and that in a few hours I'd be all snuggly on the couch. :) It worked! It was still very hard, but you know what? I did it! And the treadmill didn't bother me like it has in the past. I'd still take running outside hands down, but that wasn't an option with today's weather.
I definitely had the iPod with me for this run. I have been running without music for months, but I think I'll be bringing back the good ol' tunes to help me attain the speed I'm after. I can't believe that I did today's run. My abs were hurting, but I'm glad to know I'm getting stronger. I was sweating and huffing like a crazy lady, but I don't care a bit. I did it. I walked the last mile (14:30ish pace), but I'm fine with this. I could have jogged, but I told myself I could walk if I got the tempo part done.
I'll run again tomorrow, but I'm not sure if I'll get a long run in this weekend or not. We're heading out to L.A. with friends so we'll see what happens. Either way I really hope to keep up this training plan I'm following. Some days I look at it and think I'll never do it, but I think I have it in me deep down -- just have to be strong and push myself to do it!
Time: 53 minutes
Miles this Week: 10
Miles this Month: 55