Friday, February 3, 2012

the need for speed

Wednesday was a chaotic day.  I had to keep Lily home from school with a bad cold, but wanted Gracie to still go.  The girls' preschool is right by my work, which is about 15 minutes from home.

I took Gracie to school.  Went to the pet store.  Attempted to do some work at home.  Stopped by work to get something before picking up Gracie.  Drove straight to pick up Miss Rose because it's her half day.  Dropped her off to play with her cousin, made the girls lunch and put Lily down for a nap.  My mom came over because I had a meeting and so I drove to work for the 3rd time.  Picked up Miss Rose on my way home and was anticipating returning one more time for evening church.

Do you feel stressed out reading that?

Yeah.  I was stressed.

I texted the hubs and asked for time to run after he got home, which he graciously agreed to.  I suspect he knew that was best for all of us.

I hit the street with 3-4 miles in mind.  My last run was 3 miles and I was still feeling the effects of the race in my body.  I thought it would be nice to go beyond 3 miles if possible.  From the get-go, I felt speedy.  My legs just needed to move.  Maybe it was all that drive time during the day.

Without much effort my paces were under 10 minutes---my lowest paces typically.  But with training for the marathon recently, I haven't run many miles at that pace.  It just felt so good to move and my body felt great.  The only real discomfort I had was in my arches.  I don't think my shoes have quite enough arch support, at least not for 26 miles worth, and my feet are still getting back to normal.

Since I was running along at such a great clip, I knew I could go over 3 miles easily.  I needed to stop at the grocery store on my way home, so I did my last loop and ended at the store with 3.7 miles.  My average pace for those miles was 9:46.

I'm not sure how that happened.  I felt like I could have gone another mile or two.

I loved this run!

One of my goals this year is to get faster.  I know I have it in me.  I am going to be adding more strength and interval training into my workouts to get stronger and leaner.  I'm going to run hills and more tempo miles and fartleks and whatever else it takes!  When I dig deep, or I need the release I find these faster speeds.  I just want them to become a "normal" run for me.    I would be thrilled for my runs to be in the 9's and maybe even some shorter distances in the 8's.

Is it possible?  Yes.  Probable?  I really don't know.  I'm going to see what I can do though.