Time – 1:00:06
Distance – 6.2 miles
Pace – 9:34 min/mi
Elevation – 150 ft.
I went out to run 5 miles, and did 6.2. This run felt great! I’m really able to take advantage of my fitness and do some quick days. I had a fast mile in the middle (according to Strava, an 8:39, which is the fastest I can remember), a new 5K PR, and a new 10K PR. This isn’t exactly good when I already had two fast days this week and I was thinking the long run would be in the morning, but I’ll have to push it to Sunday, instead. Easy miles tomorrow!
I Know I Keep Going On About This
It’s getting repetitious, I’m sure, to hear me go on and on about how great I’m running, or how fast I feel, when I’m only just getting to runs with a pace under 10:00/mile. And that’s fair, it is probably getting a little old. Certainly, the goal of this blog isn’t to toot my own horn (although, what is the purpose of most blogs, anyway…). I don’t want this to be about how great I am, or “Look at the good I’m doing!”
Instead, I’m using this blog as a way to get a long view of my running as I continue down this path. I know that the days will come when I will feel like running just sucks, or that I’m not getting any better, or that it’s all been a waste. Those will be the days that I’ll turn around and look back at runs like this.
I’ve said it before, every run is another day working on the house that is my fitness. They build and strengthen the walls, the interior, the roof. Every run adds more structure, more stability, and more capability to the heart, the lungs, the bones, and the joints and connective tissues. By going out and moving whenever I can, I get healthier than I was yesterday.
Today I ran the fastest 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 1K, 2 mile, 5K, and 10K I’ve ever run on Strava. They are also all most likely the fastest I’ve ever run those distances, period. I’m the lightest I’ve ever been weight-wise. I’m in the best shape and have the best mental state I could have. I probably need to drink more water, if my kidneys have anything to say about it, though…
Of course not everything is rosy. Baby Girl arrives in about 6 weeks, and I don’t feel anywhere near ready. We need to pay off some bills. Little Buddy and the Teenager are growing up a lot faster than I would like, and I have to start my Master’s thesis in 8 weeks. There’s a ton on my plate at work, and I need to be spending more time studying and learning for that.
To steal from Robert Frost…“But today, today I ran fast, and that has made all the difference…”