Last week, when I didn’t write a Throwback Thursday post I said I would do it this week. Turns out…..I lied. What can I say: my blog, my rules. And in this case, there are no rules that say I have to write a Throwback Thursday post EVERY Thursday (or even every other Thursday for that matter). Don’t you agree that that would be a crazy rule? Good. Glad to know we’re all on the same page here. Now, moving along to the important things – let’s talk about RUNNING. YAY!
It got hot. And humid. Monday was still pretty nice out, but Tuesday and Wednesday were difficult. I followed Monday’s easy run with another easy run on Tuesday. But with the heat and humidity, my 10:30/mile pace felt a lot harder than it normally does. Luckily, Jeff and I were running together – providing a welcome distraction – and we somehow managed to speed up over the second half of the run. That’s success in my book. It’s going to be hard, but I’m trying to do my best to not be bothered by the inevitable slowing down that occurs when the weather changes.
After Tuesday’s less than encouraging humidity run, I had pretty low expectations for Wednesday’s run in the same weather. I had already done my easy runs for the week, so I was planning to do a key workout. I debated taking a rest day and hoping for improved conditions, but for some reason (I’m still not sure why), I decided that I’d rather give it a shot than postpone.
Then, somehow, the run went amazing. I’m not really sure how this happened. The workout was to run half a mile at goal pace, jog 3 minutes, run a mile at goal pace, jog another 3 minutes. Then repeat. The goal pace I was shooting for was 9:30/mile. I’ve been struggling at that pace recently, but last night it was easy. I kept accidentally going too fast. So weird. I really can’t explain it, but I’ll take it. Don’t get me wrong, it was harder than I’d like goal pace to be, but it wasn’t so hard that I couldn’t have run at least another round; I think that’s a good sign.
In honor of my successful run, I took a running selfie:
I took this on one of my 3 minute jogs, and I was really careful not to drop my phone. Or trip. I was successful, but man was it HARD. I’m surprised that I look so care-free. I was actually concentrating very very hard.
And, I wrapped up the run looking at this beautiful sky:
I’m glad I decided to give the run a chance. Aside from being a surprise success, it was the first goal pace workout of my current training plan. I haven’t done a run exactly like this before, and it was really fun. New workouts usually are.
Have you ever had a surprise good run? Does it make you less likely to skip in the future?