Day 3: Tempo 6 mi
For me this meant I would be avoiding the hills once more and taking a run on the streets through one of my favorite neighborhoods. The run was a little shaky at first, since I was still tired, a little groggy, and my legs seemed to be a little heavy this morning. I knew I wasn’t quite at the right pace when I started out, and by mile 2 I contemplated just turning back and walking the 2 miles back to my car.
But for whatever reason I kept going.
Mile 3 was a little better and I was able to pick up the pace a bit. By mile 4 I felt stronger and was able to quicken up by taking shorter, lighter strides. Before I knew it mile 5 and 6 came and went. I will say that by the end of it all my legs felt a little spent. I wonder if that is due to lack of rest or what…but I’m glad that this new little ‘quick step’ of a stride I’ve adopted helps to alleviate some of the dead weight feeling I get sometimes.
Since my tracking program is no longer recording my splits *angry face* I can’t say exactly how the run went from beginning to end in terms of pacing. But I know my average pace was a 14:26 min/mi with an average speed of 4.15 mi/hr and I covered 6.02 mi in 01:26:58. So I was able to be on the right-ish pace (I was aiming for a 14:30 min/mi so I was a little faster) and still manage to take a brief ‘walking break’ (as I crossed the streets and tried to avoid getting hit by cars). I’m happy with the run, proud that I got out there and got it done, and I’m looking forward to my quick 2 miler tomorrow.
On another note…I must admit that while I am training for a half marathon, I haven’t actually PICKED one yet. I know I’d like to run it when it’s kinda cool outside as I am not a fan of summer running. I’ve been debating the following races:
Atlantic City Half & Full Marathon in mid Oct (pro: it’d allow me to go home and visit family in nj. con: finding a place to stay in atlantic city)
Baltimore Full/Half Marathon in mid Oct. (pro: it’s close to where i am, so no need for lodging if i didnt want to stay; different location; i could stay at the harbor that weekend cons: none really)
Wilson Bridge Half Marathon early Oct (pro: it’s close, as in…i run this area almost daily cons: i want my first Half to be new and exciting…i dont think i’d get that from a race along a route i normally run)
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in Feb 2012 (pro: it’s DISNEY WORLD!!!; it’s DISNEY WORLD!!!; did i mention it’s Disney World? cons: it’d be a logistical nightmare if i went solo…which i think i would; the entire trip could prove to be a little cost prohibitive on such short notice)
With 3 of the 4 races coming up very soon, I think a decision needs to be made. I am leaning towards the Disney one, but I think to be realistic I might go for the Baltimore run and make a nice little weekend of staying at the harbor. I’m hoping to make my decision by the end of this month…or at least by Labor Day. Wish me luck!