It was sunny this afternoon, but cold. Deceiving. I stepped out my front door for four miles and breathed in winter: evergreen trees and woodsmoke.
I had grand plans of waking early and getting my quick run out of the way, but a peek out of the window at 6:30 a.m. revealed glittering grass. Too cold.
I admit that owning a treadmill has turned me into somewhat of a weather wimp. Plus, one of my miles was to be a speed test, so I didn’t want to worry about slipping.
I am following Jeff Galloway’s marathon training plan and every few weeks within the schedule, you run a one-mile speed test. Your results are used in a mathematical equation to help determine what pace you are capable of for 26.2 miles.
I was nervous about this today. Last time I ran it, I was thrilled with an 8:09 pace. But that was about a week before Christmas. In my head, I knew I had to beat it.
Run time finally came around 1:30. I wore my new pink jacket and my black running skirt — my thighs safely slathered in SportShield (have you entered my giveaway?).
|Adidas ClimaProof Wind jacket in pink:
$8 like new at the Goodwill. I love it.
And, yes, I have a pink cover for my phone. Duh.
Here’s the breakdown:
Mile 1 (easy pace) – I had to pee. Even though I went like a bazillion times before I left the house. I was annoyed. My music player was bugging me and my phone in my pocket was bouncing around. I ran the one-mile route I would run for Mile 2’s speed test. I noticed I would be running into the wind on the second-half of the route. Annoyed again. I considered running by the house for a pit stop and to drop off my extra stuff (which I didn’t really need for such a short run, but just felt like having).
A few minutes into the mile, I got comfortable and ended up with what felt easy: 10:25 pace.
Mile 2 (as fast as you can without puking) – I concentrated on my form, using the JG shuffle-step. This forces you to use your stomach and thigh muscles for most of your power and not your lower legs. It also feels easier because (I think) it is easier since you are not expending as much energy.
At .33 of that mile, I was feeling pretty good and kept glancing at AJ II (my Garmin) and seeing times like 7:53, 7:56, 7:48! At a half-mile, though, I thought I might die. But I sucked it up and kept trucking along. Every time I corrected my form, it got easier. Mile 2 speed test: 8 flat.
Mile 3 – I was recovering a bit. I knew my face was red and I felt a tad lightheaded for the first few minutes. Mile 3 recovery: 10:35 pace
Mile 4 – Got my strength back and was ready to pick up the pace a little. 10:03 pace
The last .25 – “Just get me home, I’m almost done and I really want to know what the time was for Mile 2.” 10:10 pace
A new neighborhood is being…er…installed next to our neighborhood. The street’s been there for a while, but a chain-link fence kept me out. It’s a hill opposite the big hill in my neighborhood. Now, it looks like a big U — or a giant skateboard ramp. Hill repeats anyone?
The other nice thing about the chain-link coming down is that the fence at the top that goes into another neighborhood, also came down. Now, there’s a loop. It’s only a quarter-mile, though. Not really a great loop. But a loop nonetheless. With street lamps.
I was making these observations when I remembered I have a treadmill. But sometimes it’s nice to run outside. Like when it’s sunny, but cool, and there’s no rain or snow or wind and you have music and there aren’t any cars to watch out for. And you don’t have to pee.
One more thing: Sometimes my bloggy (and real) friend Mell – Tall Mom lists unusual things she sees during her runs. What I saw on my way home reminded me of this and I made a mental note to put it in this post. (Now wishing I took a picture. I mean, I had my phone banging me in the side the entire way, didn’t I?) Anyway, it was a toilet in someone’s front yard. Unfortunately, the feeling of having to pee had already passed.
This was not a trashy yard with junky cars and garbage. A nice, manicured front lawn…with a toilet in the middle of it. Also, not just any toilet. It was painted bright orange and on the back of the tank (because that’s what was facing the road) was a yellow heart with the words “Love Hungry.” I don’t get it.
Coolness on speed test. I have not done any of that at all. I've got one of those long incline in my 'hood. Very helpful. How interesting is that fancy toilet? Sounds like a practical joke, for sure. AND, you look awesome in runskorts! I wish I looked as cute.
Nice job on the 1-mile speed test. It gives me butterflies just thinking about trying one but I think I would love it…Toilet? No idea. BUT, in Michigan where Mr F is from, people put bathtubs in their front yards 🙂 They bury them halfway and paint the Virgin Mary on the inside to the tub become a mini shrine. Very nice.
Love Hungry. Duh…I mean if you don't get it then I can't explain it. Ok, just kidding, I have NO clue?! So weird!!Great job on your mile!! So with an 8 flat what would your marathon pace be? That is pretty cool, I may have to give it a go! Cool hill!! And it is the perfect hill repeat hill!!!
We had a toilet in front of our house recently. I left it out there along with some other things for the garbage truck to pick up. They have to come special for larger items so I dragged the toilet out to the street. I felt a little odd about having a toilet in front of our house but it was only for a few hours and it didn't have any sort of message on there, just your regular boring old run-of-the-mill toilet.An 8-minute mile is pretty good!
I love GW! I have some of my fav pieces of clothing/shoes from there.Your toilet sighting was interesting! Great job cutting your time on your mile!!!You have a place to stay if you need your East WA fix any time!!
Great job on your run and your speedy mile.Maybe the toilet was a practical joke. I read a book where one of the characters put dozens of toilets on the lawn of a rival. I really want to know what the story is!
Your speed test is impressive!I don't have a clue about the toilet. Will they be using it as a planter this spring?
@Lisa – Was the book, The Help? I thought about that, too!
Great job on your speed test!Funny cause I get really annoyed with my music player too – and this morning was the first time ever I even noticed my iPhone bouncing in my pocket! LOL
Awesomeness about the speed test. And, I hate when I have to run and pee, too. Winks & Smiles,Wifey
Makes me want to go to the Goodwill. I have ZERO clue what that means?? Almost as baffling as the life sized Polar Bear in Kent 🙂 OK maybe equal.. Good work on the SPEED!!