There had to be something wrong with my Garmin because it registered 106* when I went on my run at 9pm last night. To be honest, without the sun beating down on you the temperatures are actually pretty tolerable, you should all try it sometime lol.
My plan called for 3.5 miles to be run “As You Feel”. The training plan describes these runs as “leave your watch and your cares behind. Run for the fun of it, not because you’re training. Run as fast-or as slow-as you like”. This may become my favorite training run because there are no requirements around how it has to be done. Heck I could have walked the entire thing if I felt like it!! I believe that we often get caught up in the requirements of the run and it takes away from our mental preparedness. I have this LONG run coming up and I know it’s going to shred my legs…I have speed work coming up and I know my legs are going to be dead….etc. So to have a run where you can run solely on the way your body feels, it’s actually quite refreshing.
Regardless of how slow I COULD have completed this run, this was actually my best run since last Thursday. I threw on my running shoes, grabbed Buster, and headed out the door. (Reminder, it was 9pm and it was 106* outside lol). We arrived at the park a half mile in; I threw off my shoes, and continued with my warm up mile. Closing out my warm up mile, I set Buster up with some nice cold water and proceeded to knock out two more miles. This is where things started to get good, mile 2 clicked off at 8:27 min/mile and mile 3 clicked off at 8:12 min/mile. I was surprised by how easy things felt after that grueling 7.5 miles on Tuesday. After I clicked off my third mile, I grabbed Buster, and we had a nice slow cool down on the way home. Pretty solid run!
Couple key points from this run…
1) The power of a short memory! I know how it goes and all of you reminded me that I just needed to let Tuesday’s run go. Bad runs happen and there are plenty of other runs to get back in the groove of things. Just like that I pull out a good run and all is right in the universe.
2) Warm up and cool down. Over the last couple weeks I have been making a huge effort to get in a warm up and cool down. I was explaining this whole mindset to Mrs. Schlub last night. When I was training hard at the end of last year, I thought I needed to run ALL the miles at the desired pace. If I had 4 miles on the plan, that meant I had to run 4 miles at whatever pace I had planned. Recently, I am looking at the 4 miles as total time on my feet. So mile 1 and 4 may be warm up and cool down, while mile 2 and 3 are the only miles I’m really running hard. I have to say, so far it seems to be working exceptionally well and I really hope I’m onto something here.
There you have it, with a little rest and a different mindset; I’m able to throw down a solid run. Excellent confidence builder as I head into the weekend with a regular run tonight and a long run on Sunday. Let’s try and keep this trend going!!
What aspects of your training really boost your confidence? When was the last time you finished an exercise or run and you were on cloud nine??