Yesterday I had a really good run. It was only 2.33 (still can't seem to get past 2-3 miles but getting there...) but it was great! I ran outside again and was expecting it to be a toughy but this time the stars seemed to align and everything went well. It was a nice day which always puts me in a motivated mood, I was trying out my new Garmin (which I freakin' love!!), and I was rockin' a new pair of kicks- they are Saucony's Progrid Triumphs and they are wonderful. I did a lot of overwhelming research to find a good pair of running shoes and it came down to these and a pair of Brooks. I don't know how the Brooks would've been but these were like running on clouds (ok, maybe an exaggeration but they were great and my shins didn't hurt at all). I was also a little surprised to see that my miles averaged just about 13 minutes. Even on the treadmill I ran at about 14 minutes so I was shocked to see this faster time out on the pavement. At first I thought I was just pushing to hard and that I wouldn't make it far at that pace but it was actually hard to slow it down so I just went with it. Even with a couple of hills that was my average time. I was thrilled (I know 13 min is pretty slow but when you're coming from 15 it feels great :-)). Overall it was a great run and I can easily make it into 3+ miles, I just have to suck it up and do a hill to get the extra mileage.
Today I am going to try my version of intervals (?)- jog the first mile and then alternate 1 minute of walking with 1 minute of sprinting for the second, and hopefully third, miles. I don't know if this is true interval training but I thought I should throw something like this into the mix. I'm going to do this on the treadmill so that I have some control over it. We'll see how it goes :-).
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"As every runner knows, running is about more than just about putting one foot in front of the other; it is about our lifestyle and who we are"
Joan Benoit Samuelson