When I woke up naturally this morning, I immediately knew something was wrong. Did I sleep through my alarm? Is it the middle of the night? And then my phone rang — it was Megan asking where I was.
Oops – I set my alarm for 5 PM, not 5 AM, and thus missed my weekly run with Megan. So disappointed!
I decided to try and make the most of my late morning and went on a run by myself. I ate 1/2 a piece of toast and Barney Butter before I left.
Normally, I have a whole slice of toast, but I was running so late that I needed to minimize digestion time.
I wore my new Team in Training shirt, which was very motivating.
I set out with the goal to run 5.0 miles in 45 minutes. At first, I thought this was entirely reasonable. I’ve run a 23:46 5K and a 52:58 10K, so it’s not like it’s impossible for me to pace sub 9:00-miles.
However, I have a really, really hard time averaging less than 10:00-miles on training runs. Races are no problem. But on a regular run, by myself and in my familiar neighborhood, my pace turns to molasses.
I also need to remember something very important — I am still fresh off my running hiatus (which I took from April to June due to injury). It took years to build up to my prior speeds, and I’m not going to gain it all back in a few months (especially when I’m fighting for distance at the same time).
The only race is against yourself. It is not against your friends. Or bloggers. 🙂 It is not against your prior races. It is not even against the clock. If you’re giving it your all on any particular day, then you’re winning the race today.
I didn’t make it in 45, but I did hit 47!
- Duration: 47 minutes (exactly!)
- Distance: 5.0 miles
- Attitude: Fabulous!
Came home and made cereal for a quick and easy breakfast of cereal, a banana, and organic OJ.
Oh cereal, you are so simple, but I love you nevertheless.