You know that ‘runspiration’ you always see about how it doesn’t matter how fast (slow) you run because you’re still lapping people that are sitting on the couch? Whoever wrote that did so after they drove past me and first thought I was standing still but then realized, “oh, wait! – she’s running”.
I am slow. It’s okay, though. I’m not stressed about it. It is what it is. BUT. I did decide I’d try to run a little faster. This 10K app that I’m working through incorporates walking and I always feel like I could really run longer. I am trying to stick to the program and not do more than I really should so my compromise is to try to run faster.
‘Normally’, I run around a 10:30-11:30 minute mile but I have been running a 9:30-10 minute pace with the training app. ( I wear a Nike GPS watch that tracks pace. I don’t obsess over the watch while I’m running but I do really like to glance at it every once in a while.) The first couple of days that I ran fast on the ‘running’ stretches, it really felt like I was running faster than I could maintain. The last two days that I’ve run ‘fast’ it felt okay. My route is along a street with rolling hills (ugh) and I feel GREAT running downhill fast and only moderately out of breath and on death’s sidewalk (as opposed to his doorstep…) when running uphill. So that’s progress right?
I don’t know how far I could run at the faster pace but it’s interesting to move this fast even in the 2 minute spurts that I do right now. I wouldn’t mind this new ‘faster than ever’ pace becoming my ‘normal’ pace.