I went back to the place where I did my long runs for my marathon training, which was a nice change from running through Columbia. I waited a little too long and it was up to about 80 degrees when I started. I usually did a 4 mile loop, which consisted of 1 mile around a track and then 3 miles of road running, but I decided to forgo the mile on the track. It was pretty hot on the track and I never particularly enjoyed it anyway, so it was sort of a no-brainer to skip it. It also had the nice benefit that I could get back every 3 miles for water, rather than every 4.
Despite the heat and my being overweight, I found myself running fairly quickly and comfortably. I ran the first two loops with no problem and then did a shorter version of the loop the 3rd time, which reduced the length of the loop by about half a mile and also got rid of a fairly big hill.
I’m still not back to running 10 miles regularly and with no problem, but I considered this run a major win. There were a lot of things going against me, but I still came out with a really good run, keeping a 10:36 average pace for the entire run.
I got on the treadmill with the expectation of doing a short run. I started at 6.0 mph, figuring that I’d try to go relatively fast. If I flamed out, I’d just quit at 3 miles and be fine with it. As it turns out, I actually felt really good and comfortable for the first mile and decided to push a more aggressive pace than I had originally planned. My speeds by half mile were:
I still felt like I had some gas left in the tank and could have gone longer, but it was getting late and I was already closer to bedtime than I’d like for the end of my run.
So overall, this makes 3 really good runs in a row. There are a number of things I could contribute this to, but I’m not going to speculate too much. Even more importantly, I’ve felt reinvigorated about my running lately. I think the new challenge of trying to lose weight while keeping an intense running schedule has helped with that. Plus, I’ve been running more frequently, which has helped me to feel more energetic about it. It no longer feels like a chore to get home and run after work, which is a huge plus.