Happy (thirsty) Thursday, friends!
Since I’m sticking to the treadmill for my week day runs to avoid injuring myself in the cold and dark, I’ve noticed a feeling of deja vu every time I step on the treadmill or sit down to write about my workouts. I’m sorry if it gets a little boring, trust me, sometimes it’s boring to me too. Pnuxsutawney Phil says we’re going to have an early spring, though, so hopefully I’ll be unshackled from the treadmill soon!
Yesterday I had three miles on my training plan. After a successful return to running on Monday, I was cautiously optimistic that I would be able to get through this run without issue as well. For this run, even though this week is about easy running, I wanted to push the pace a little bit just to see how my shin would hold up. Possibly a bad idea, but what can I say, I like living on the edge. After setting the incline to 1%, my run went like this:
- 0:00 – 5:00: 6.2
- 5:01 – 10:00: 6.3
- 10:01 – 15:00: 6.4
- 15:01 – 16:00: 6.5
- 16:01 – 17:00: 6.6
- 17:01 – 18:00: 6.7
- 18:01 – 19:00: 6.8
- 19:01 – 19:30: 7.0
- 19:31 – 20:00: 7.5
- 20:01 – 25:00: 6.3
- 25:01 – 30:00: 6.2
My shin did not bother me at all during this run. Wahoo! Jump for joy! While that 7.5 blast felt really hard (i.e. uncomfortable), the rest of the time the pace ranged from comfortable to comfortably hard. I followed up my run with 15 minutes of stretching before calling it a day to get ready for work.
Overall, I was very pleased with this run. I think the extra non-running days last week helped and I’m in good shape going into the next two months of training (race day is two months from TODAY. When did that happen?)
While race day is still two months away (and I still have a lot to work to do before then), I’ve started mulling over time goals for this race. My 10 mile PR is 1:36.37 from the Broad Street Run last year. Realistically, I think 1:33.00 is completely doable for this race. In a perfect world, I’d like to try for 1:30.00, but I’m a little apprehensive about this since it would mean taking almost 7 minutes off my time from last year. That’s a pretty big jump (for me anyway). I do realize that I may be getting a bit ahead of myself with two months till race day. But part of me feels like I’m ready to push hard again. Stay tuned. Tomorrow I may decide that I’d be happy just to meet last year’s time.
Now it’s your turn! How far out from a race to determine your goal time? Start of training? Week of? Tell me about it!