Right now, I’m out running. I’m either tackling 13 miles like a champ or cutting it short and running 8 miles. Both runs are my half marathon training plan this week, so I decided to see how my body feels before I decided how many mile I would run. Whatever distance I don’t do today will be saved for Saturday morning.
A Saturday morning long run? I used to love them with Team in Training. We’d all meet in Southie, run and run and run for hours, and then Mal and I would get P.S. Gourmet to celebrate. It was a lot of fun. Oh, memories.
On Tuesday morning, I set out to do a 7-mile running workout, which started with a two-mile warm-up around my neighborhood.
I headed toward the local high school where I ran a couple of miles on the track.
Having a destination in mind helps break up the miles a little bit. Instead of running 3 miles, I was running to the high school, which, mentally, just seemed easier. I also wasn’t as focused on my watch/mileage, so I was better able to enjoy the experience, including the sights and sounds of the early morning in mid-September. The leaves on the trees are already starting to change color!
After a 2-mile warm-up, the rest of the workout alternated 8:15 miles and 8:35 miles. I didn’t hit those numbers, but they were a great target to aim for. (My times are in brackets.)
- Mile 1: warm-up [9:27]
- Mile 2: warm-up [9:33]
- Mile 3: 8:15 [8:25]
- Mile 4: 8:35 [9:02]
- Mile 5: 8:15 [8:23]
- Mile 6: 8:35 [9:10]
- Mile 7: 8:15 [8:27]
Total: 1:03 (8:56)
Of course, it would have been nice to hit all of those pace targets, but I’m happy with my performance. I really pushed myself during this workout, and I know I gave it my best effort, so I felt really great after I finished and not at all disappointed.
I was just happy to be out there running, seeing some progress, and appreciating the physical abilities that I have. Sometimes, happiness is as simple as that.
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