Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1.  I installed a new comment system so it will be easier for me to reply to commenters!  Yay :)

2.  I had a tempo run on the schedule this morning.  3 miles at 9:30ish with a warm and a cool.   I confess, on tempo and speed days, I often blow off some or most of the cool down.  It would be nice to cool down for a mile, but it's also nice to sleep an extra 10 minutes.  True story.  I did do the Insanity stretching routine though.  I had to come inside to take care of some business mid-run, which lost me a few minutes too.

But I managed 2.5 tempo miles around the right pace.  I'll admit, it was a bit challenging.  I don't know if I would have been successful at keeping that pace had I not been on the treadmill.  Which is the beauty and the curse of the treadmill.  I can almost always run on the 'mill at a prescribed pace, which I do believe helps my overall speed--but I don't often get a chance to do speedwork on the streets, which is a hinderance come race day.  I've found that my Garmin is still useful on the treadmill because I can mark the laps and know my exact paces for each mile.

3.  On Saturday, I will do my longest run EVER.  At my last half marathon, I probably walked another couple miles after I completed my race as I found a friend and helped her complete the race.  But I've never set out to run more than a half marathon and this weekends training run is 14 miles.  I have no doubt I can do it, and I'll probably do okay with my pace too.  It's exhilarating and intimidating at the same time!

(who started Three Things Thursday on running blogs anyways?  I read it on several different blogs, so I decided to join in--when I remember--but it's always been a curiosity to me.)

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