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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Run #23 - What the Heck Happened to Me??

Before I even had a chance to think about running I was surprised and excited to find a calendar in my mailbox! I won it in Travel with Emily's giveaway last month. She made the calendar from photos of trips she has been on and they were sooo good!! Let me tell you, I am now dying to go to Italy. My jaw dropped when I got to October and saw the amazing picture. I loved it. THANKS, Emily!!  She even had it wrapped with a little note. Too cute!

My run last night was a short one - two miles. After doing 4 on Tuesday night I wasn't worried about two at all, although I swear sometimes those short ones seem more tiring (on my brain?) than the long ones. I'm sure it is all psychological and me thinking they should just be over super duper fast. Well, last night's WAS over super duper fast! (That is a new technical pace, FYI.)

The weather was so nice, about 50º I think. So I put on my skirt, arm/leg sleeves and a short sleeved shirt. It felt so refreshing to not be layered in gloves and long sleeves and head warmers. I could have passed on the arm sleeves, but I wanted to run in them a few times before the half to make sure that we will get along. We will! My skirt, however, is a bit big on me. But my Spi belt does an excellent job of holding it up and in place, thank goodness!

So I was setting out on an easy two (I like saying that "easy" part!), but once I hit start on the Garmin I didn't feel like it. I felt like going all out at my 5K race pace! So I did! It was so much fun and felt so good. Sure it had moments where I thought maybe I should just slow down, but when I eased up my time said I was going at 9:45ish pace. Woohoo!  I was pretty much feeling GREAT! I always start to struggle when I know I'm near the end, and I also think that must be psychological too.

Before I knew it my 2 miles were up. A goal I set at the start of this run was achieved - two miles in less than 20 minutes!! This is the first time I've ever done that. I averaged 9:24 per mile. Holy cow!! What has gotten into me?? I hardly recognize this amazing fitness marvel that I've become. Watch out everybody - I'm about to be on the cover of Runner's World any day now.  Did I go too far just now? Probably.  But that's how I felt inside!  I really enjoyed that faster feeling so much that I think I might try to do this again next week for my Wednesday 2 mile run!

I have to say I am in awe of all of you that keep up that pace and faster for the duration of an entire half marathon. I don't know how you do it! It took all I had to maintain that for 2 miles. I know my half marathon pace is not going to be anywhere near this last run, but that's okay. My goal is to just be able to run the whole thing and not pass out!

12 comments:

  1. Great run! 2 under 20 is awesome!

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  2. News update - you suck.

    I haven't run since Saturday. Ugh!


    Just kidding - congrats and all that

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  3. Great job with the speed!

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  4. That is a great pace to have. Nothing wrong with that. Are you sure you aren't doing 2 mile Tempo's instead of "easy's"?

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  5. I may be changing the half marathon plan... I might just have you run me to my PR. ;-)

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  6. Yes, Lesley - I say we go for a sub-2 half marathon! ;-)

    HA! I'll remind you of this when you start dragging me along at mile 8 to 10!

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  7. I was thinking more like 2:11. ;-)

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  8. You just might be trying to kill me! ;)

    I guarantee you won't be seeing Speedy McSpeederson out of me once I start running double digit miles!

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  9. What up, speedy? Nice job!!

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  11. Great job on a speedy run!! I'm w/ you - I run pretty slow and I always wonder how the heck people do it so fast!

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  12. Yay!! I'm glad you got the calendar and liked it! You definitely should go to Italy. And wow - 2 miles in under 20 minutes. You are my hero.

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