Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another Great Day For a Run

62 degrees; splits 8:54; 8:40; 9:10; 8:31; 8:45; 8:34; 52:34 total for 6 miles; 8:45 per mile pace.

I made a deal with myself today. The deal was that I would drive to the Farmington Canal Linear Park, park, and run 3 1/2 miles on the road, and run the last 1 1/2 miles of my planned 5 mile run on the trail. Once again we had an unusually warm day, so shorts and a t-shirt were the proper attire. I chose to run on whatever roads looked appealing, and kept an eye on my Garmin Forerunner 305 so that my 3 1/2 mile point would be at the trail. That's the advantage of the Forerunner. I no longer have to plan ahead what route I'm running. I enjoyed running through neighborhoods that I had never seen before. People were out washing their cars, and children were out playing games and riding their bikes. I even passed by several runners. You certainly can't beat a freakish 62 degree day on March 8th. I felt pretty good during my street running, and as a result I kept exploring different streets. Fortunately I knew my way around, and at one point I ran part of another road course I have. As I passed mile 3, I started to realize that I wasn't going to be anywhere near the linear trail by mile 3 1/2 unless I circled back. I decided to push myself instead, and see if I could do a 6 mile run. Still feeling well, and adventurous, I incorporated a challenging hill into my run. It was more of a struggle than I had hoped, meaning I was sucking in wind, but I conquered it. A few more detours onto side streets, and I reached the 1 1/2 mile part of the linear trail at 4 1/2 miles...a perfect way to end a 6 mile run, since it is mostly flat. I started feeling like I had "lead legs" with about a mile and a quarter to go. However, lead legs or not, I was going to look good and strong to all the people on the trail! They would never know how tired I was really feeling as long as I was smiling, not making loud breathing noises,(Side note: Don't you HATE it when you're running in a race, and some guy near you is grunting loudly?!) and showing my "studly" running form(Not). Well, my psychological mumbo-jumbo worked, since my last mile was also my fastest mile. Yeah I know, it was run on a paved trail and not on the road, but so what?!! Overall, I'm excited about my overall time and distance. Maybe I WILL be able to run in the 10 mile race in 4 weeks. If so, my daughter will run with me and also enjoy the beer that will be a part of the post race party. I'm thinking the beer will help motivate me in my training this next month...

5 comments:

Carlee said...

yeah! glad you got such a nice run in!!!

Rookie on the Run said...

Ugh! Grunters drive me nuts, whether I'm running or at the gym.

Beer= Great motivator.

Great job running!

Lisa said...

It looks like you're back running like your old self. What a great run.

btw... I wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog. It was very sweet of you to suggest that my readers help sponsor me. It actually brought tears to my eyes. I am going to suggest that to my father as a birthday present so I don't have to rely on the kindness of strangers. It really did mean a lot to me though. Just keep those positive thoughts coming my way.

lindsay said...

another good run :) way to go!

i hate people who do weird things/make weird noises period. grunting, barking, loud feet... always forces me to speed up to get past them and out of range. i don't know why i get so annoyed and let it interfere with my race concentration!

Anais said...

I really hope you get to enter that 10 mile (?) race!!

And it's funny you should mention people who run while making weird noises...I was walking to the bus stop today and I hear these VERY strange noises coming from behind me. I turn around and it was this guy, running but...he was running in the strangest way (REALLY bent forward) and like I said making such strange sounds...Weird! :)