An unusually mild and snow-free winter has ushered in a beauteous, joyous, early spring. Lucky for us, that damn groundhog was wrong this year.
Today, I decided that I would take advantage of this:
|almost 80 in March!|
I don't really know my pace when I run outside because I use the NIKE+ app in my iPhone and that thing is strapped around my arm. The Nike guy mumbles in my ear when I reach a mile but I never quite catch what he says about 'current pace' or time.
I set Mr. Nike app for 4 miles and I'm off.
The first two miles felt effortless. Ah. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming. I love this time of year. I'm cruising.
|I love a tree in bloom|
The last two miles felt hot and hard and I felt like I was running slower. Only 76? It could've been 96 degrees with how hot I was feeling. I was bummed that my first two miles were going to be faster on paper (why this would bum me out in the first place, I do not know?) But resigned myself to that fact. Oh well. Just a training run. I am not running to PR a race here.
The last mile felt particularly tough. I felt like a slug. I was kind of mad that I was 'dragging ass' so much. At least that's how it felt. When I got home to look up on the Nike website to see what happened out there, I was prepared to see me go from 10:30 averages to 11:30 averages but got this instead:
Ah. So the reason why I felt like it was so hard for the last mile was because I was running, oh, 35 seconds faster or so than the first mile. Well. Guess that would do it. I only felt slow, the fact that I was sweating my ass off and panting should've given me a hint but I am clueless.
I was probably running faster than I should've given, I'm still trying to get used to the heat and the effort was tough. Also breaking a 10 min. mile (aside from 5K races and speed training miles) is a push for me. I would consider my comfort range between 10:30 - 11:00. I think. Not so sure anymore.
By the way, aside from wanting to die that last mile, I really expected to run this in around 42-43 mins and ran it in under 40 that makes me a special kind of happy. It was even worth looking like a crazy person:
|I am a hot mess here… notice the lovely|
difference in the color of my face and neck.
|at least I remembered to hydrate this time|
Do you have a pace plan when you run?
Do you think it's better to just run without worry of pace?
Do you have a Garmin type device? Do you love it? Has it changed your running life?