I've been feeling so burnt out on running lately (two back-to-back marathon training plans will do that, I guess), that I've been dreading my runs. Today, I had six miles on the schedule, and I really didn't want to do it. The treadmill would have been the best option for my knee, but I just couldn't stand the thought of running on it today.
It was freezing cold out this morning (in the high 30's!) so I wore my Under Armour Cold Gear running tights for the first time this season. I also wore a long-sleeved tech shirt. I decided that my main goal for today's run would be to run a consistent pace by feel (without looking at my Garmin). I didn't care whether my pace was fast or slow, I just wanted it to be consistent.
So I pressed the start button on my Garmin and didn't look at it again until I arrived back at my house over six miles later. When I started running, I just tried to take the focus off of running and let my mind wander, and hopefully forget I was running. I was listening to the Half Size Me podcast, and I ran on the shoulder of a pretty busy road.
I normally look at my Garmin every mile, when it beeps to signal a mile-split. Then I either speed up or slow down to try and hit my target pace. You can usually see the ups and downs on my pace chart. Today, I was tempted to sneak a peek, but I never did. I also usually pick up my pace the last half-mile or so, to finish strong. Today, I could feel myself trying to do that, but I was really trying to focus on NOT doing it. It was hard!
Before looking at my Garmin, I decided to try and guess what my overall average pace was--I guessed it was about a 10:35/mi pace. I was surprised to see that I was actually running a 10:09/mi pace, so I was running faster than I thought I was (I will have to be careful about this during the marathon, so I don't go out too fast).
Even more surprising to me were my splits--they were VERY consistent!
The best part about today's run, however, was how good it FELT. My legs felt good, my lungs felt good, I wasn't tired or achy or anything like that. I just felt really, really good. I am hoping and praying that I feel like that on the 21st!
I don't have a specific time goal for the marathon, but I really want to finish in under five hours.
If I happen to be feeling good, and decided to try and run my training pace of 10:30/mi, my time would look like this:
A couple of people have asked me recently what I wear to run in when it's cold outside. I've mentioned my Under Armour Cold Gear compression tights (there is a link on my Favorite Things page). When it's cold, but not freezing cold (like in the high 30's, and 40's), I wear a long-sleeved tech shirt (I have a couple of long-sleeved race shirts). If it's really cold, like low 30's and below, I wear a tech shirt with a fleece jacket over it, plus those cheap $1 knit gloves and a headband for my ears.
|Under Armour Cold Gear compression tights,|
long-sleeved tech shirt plus fleece jacket,
ear warmer and (I did have) gloves
|My favorite part about running in the cold--no need for a hydration belt!|
|When it's cold, but not UBER cold, I wear my compression|
capris or pants, plus a long-sleeved tech shirt, and possibly a
headband (I'm pointing at bird poop, in case you're wondering)
With the exception of my Under Armour compression bottoms (capris or pants), I'm not picky about brands. Any old brand will do.
I got my Halloween costume finished today. I'm not thrilled with it, but it will work. At least I hope so, because I put a lot of work into it today! I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up something for my costume, and I saw Renee in there--she was also picking up something for her costume! I'm excited for Winers on Friday--it's been a long time since I went to a Winers meeting.