You just have to love “those runs.” Those runs where you go out with a slight plan in mind but no real commitment to distance and pace….THEN….BAM…..you throw down a solid run.
I’ve had this lingering feeling that I need to start throwing down some longer runs in preparation for the half marathon I have planned in January. So last night I planned to run 5 miles, 2 pretty easy with Buster then an additional 3 at a pretty comfortable pace. After we put the kids to bed, I grabbed Buster and we headed up to the park in our neighborhood. Alternated running and walking to let Buster do his business on just about every tree and bush along the sidewalk. At the end of the first mile we took a small break and I decided “let’s get after this second mile.”
I wanted to put in a hard effort while also continuing to work on my form. As we got back to the house my watch clicked off at 6:49…Boom! I have to hand it to Buster, I thought for sure at some point he would let me know he was getting tired but he hung in there like a champ. I brought him back into the house and headed back out again.
I started mile 3 pretty conservatively but my stride felt great. At this point I was running along a loop in a nearby neighborhood that has 3 – 4 – 5 mile natural loops throughout the neighborhood, so I decided to run the 5 mile loop and make it 7 miles total. Things were just flowin and I was clicking off miles like crazy.
I think that was a pretty solid negative split in miles 3-6 and overall a strong run with a warm up and cool down. I think it’s a bit unfair after mile 2 because I had to stop my watch and drop Buster off at home but you know what….I’ll take it LOL.
Again, you have to love “those runs.” For me, these runs are absolutely necessary in the big picture. These runs prove what is possible with continued training, they validate that the process is working, and ultimately for me they remind me why I love running. I hope your next run is one of “those runs” because they are down right awesome lol.
When was the last time you had one of “those runs”??
When you thrown down one of “those runs” how does it help build in your training?