Five miles on the schedule today. One of those was to be a time trial, as per Jeff Galloway’s marathon training plan. I love these little time trials because I get to push myself, and I like that I’ve improved so far with each one.
Mile time trial 1 on 12/12: 8:09 pace
Mile time trial 2 on 2/20: 8:00 pace
Today was the third one (technically, I’m supposed to be on my fourth one but I missed the one in January somehow). I was sort of nervous before this one. I felt like it was going to be impossible to break the 8:00 pace. And we got up early, spent the first half of the day at the dog show and in the car, and I was hungry when I started my run.
Mile 1 is supposed to be slow and easy. I wasn’t sure how it was going to feel since I am still sore from Friday’s bike adventure (recap on that coming tomorrow). The first half mile was sort of uncomfortable — my left glute felt weird because I have a bruise on it. After about a half-mile, though, I felt good, except for my left shoe, which felt too tight and was making my toes numb. My right one was too loose. And I was wearing my old gray capris because I haven’t done laundry. They are too big. I purposely wore my iFitness belt with my phone/music in it to hold my pants up. Average pace: 10:53
As I got closer to Mile 2, I gave myself a pep talk. I can do this. I’m faster now. Stronger.
Mile 2 was the time trial. I took off on the same route I used for the first two trials, so I can make sure that I’m measuring them equally against each other. I was seeing sub-8’s and I felt really good for the first half mile. The second half, I had a sharp pain in my right rib and I was breathing HARD! But I just tried to hold on. Just .5 left…just .4…only .3…just .2…just .02! I stopped, leaned over and spit. I was dizzy and my side hurt, but that was quickly going away. Then I started a slow jog for Mile 3.
Because I am too lazy to figure out how to properly use my Garmin, I don’t know how to check my splits on my watch, and had no idea what my time trial pace was. So I just went about the rest of my run.
Mile 3 was recovery. I felt tired and done, but I trotted down U-go Hill (and up), deciding to do my 3-mile loop to finish off my run. Average pace: 10:39
By Mile 4, I felt pretty good, and I started to pick up the pace again. I just enjoyed myself and ran, remembering to keep my feet and hands low. Average pace: 9:56
By Mile 5, I wanted to run more than 5 miles, but I didn’t have the time for it. I was really enjoying myself even though I was running next to a busy road. I was way over in the muddy shoulder and was having to pick my steps carefully…I find this fun. I need to sign up for some trail runs. Average pace: 9:41
I had .3 left to get home and I just cruised on in. Mr. T and T Junior were napping upstairs where my computer was so I couldn’t look up my time right away. I hadn’t eaten lunch yet and it was almost 3, so I made myself some leftover and watched the Kentucky game. Around 3:30, I heard stirring so I went upstairs and plugged in my Garmin.
Mile 2: 7:49!
That is HUGE for me. HUGE. I think I can get faster. No, I KNOW I can!