My "good" runs seem unpredictable. There is no rhyme or reason to when or how they occur.
Today was what I call a benchmark run.
A run that is much better than expected, better than my current norm.
We had Gracie's 4th birthday party today. It went great and was relatively easy; as far as birthday parties with 30+ people in attendance go. Still, I was tired.
I'm really trying to get a longer run in on the weekends. At least 4 miles, preferably 5+. Gracie was occupied with her new toys, Miss Rose was playing with our neighbor in her room and Bean was puttering around. Lily would much rather be with me, than have me leave her. So I loaded the jogger and headed to the Lake.
They have been repaving a portion of the path and doing other work and so my normal route was just 4 miles. But they finally are done and the full path is open. Although the path does not go all the way around the lake, just part of it. Silly Southern California and our manmade lakes.
I took off feeling great. Pushing just one child in the double jogger is a breeze compared to two! I kept slowing myself down a bit because I have a tendency to go out too fast. At times I was running into the wind, at times it was pushing me along. I was gliding along.
The few times I checked in on my Nike+, I was typically below a 10min pace overall. Usually with the jogger I hover right around a 10 minute mile. I started to fade a bit and struggle more the last 3/4 of a mile, but I kept really pushing myself and I sprinted the last few hundred feet.
5.67 miles in 54:36min = 9:38 pace
Lately, even on my good runs, I've been around 9:45.
To hit below that, while pushing a jogger, is definitely a benchmark. Especially to maintain for that distance.
Checking the breakdown from Nike+, I did go out too fast (9:11). I had a couple miles (3&4) which were right around a 9-minute pace. I want to work on being a smarter runner. I it can help me cut my pace more. My birthday is in a few months, and while usually I use birthday money to refresh my wardrobe, I think I may go for the Garmin. I have 2 long plane rides coming up and some books on running waiting for me to pick them up at the library before I leave.
This wasn't my fastest logged run ever, but it was my fastest with a jogger, and my fastest in quite a while.
There is a good chance it was primarily fueled by birthday cupcakes. The taste-testing last night while making them, and then a few today. I have a personal mission to make tasty cupcakes, but it also means I eat too many because they are so good!
Maybe I'll consider cake balls or frosting shots as fuel for long runs. Yummmmm.
I like this running thing. I think I'll stick with it.
Interesting random facts. I've been using my Nike+ for a few years now. I only use Nike+ when I'm running outside, so there are a lot of treadmill miles not accounted for in the stats. But I have run with my Nike+ for 591 miles and 101 hours! Pretty cool.