If you’ve ever run with me, you’ll know I am the queen of the easy run. I may not be a very talented runner, but God has gifted me the following two running talents: 1) the ability to take Gu/gels easy (I took 5 during the Richmond marathon, mostly to break things up) and 2) the ability to run my easy runs easy. I hear people have problems running their easy runs easy. Come find me. I’ll teach you. Step 1: It is all about embracing the shuffle.
Because I am so awesome at the shuffle jog, I often have a hard time motivating myself for “those regular runs.” Those runs that aren’t easy/recovery runs and not workouts, but ones where you feel like you should sort of maintain some sort of respectable (for you) pace rather than, you know, rock your jog.
Yesterday, a funny thing happened. I set out for a 60 min run with the last 10 min at marathon pace (about 8:10 or so). I wore my Garmin so I’d have it for those last 10 minutes. Since I was wearing the ol’ Garmin, I told myself I’d like to be in the 8:45-9 min per mile range for the first 50 min, but thought I’d probably be in the 9-9:30 min per mile range because that’s usually how I roll.
One of my goals for February was to work on focusing while I’m running. In the Miami half, my brain was all over the place – from staring at cruise ships to mentally online shopping to telling myself it was ok not to push myself to trying to convince myself to run a little faster to wondering what I was going to have for lunch.
So, I made my goal for the run to actually think about what I was doing – to focus on running and not what was going to happen on the next episode of Dance Moms. From the outset of the run, I felt really good. I felt like running a little faster than comfortable (but, let’s get real, not too uncomfortable). It was weird. I rarely have this feeling.
I checked the Garmin when I got home. And was pleasantly surprised.
I guess focusing on what you’re doing can make a big difference. And, running to the beat of the song, too, a la SoulCycle. Of course, it always comes back to SouCycle.
I also sort of felt like I wanted to prove to myself that I could run faster than I usually do if I wanted to. I don’t know why, but maybe just to show myself that I’m a little better than I think sometimes. It also felt nice to run a little faster, but that’s probably also because it was cold and windy.
Since these kinds of runs happen rarely for me, I thought I’d record it on the interwebz.
Last summer I had a hard time putting together a tempo of 3-4 miles at 8:10 pace. Now, I did it voluntarily? And I just made overnight oats in jar? WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
To come back down to Planet Meggie, I’m gonna go rock a 40 min recovery jog – 10 min per mile! Let’s do this.
TELL ME: THE BEST RUN YOU’VE HAD IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS.
Until next time…