Seriously people. My Garmin must be broken. I needed to do a 6 mile pace run today. My goal pace for Miami is 8:20... okay it's out there now. I'm trying to qualify for Boston. Putting goals out there for all to see is great, but I'm always afraid of falling short in front of everyone. There it is for you all to see and know and wait to see if I can do it...... crap.
Anyway. I needed an 8:20 pace run today. It's hilly here. My run starts off - no matter which way I go - with a significant incline so I do my warm up up hill. Today I just started pushing and when I checked my watch (this is after my up hill warm up) I was running sub 8. I slowed down a bit, but I must admit there was satisfaction in the realization that I was running fast. Now I always thought that I would FEEL fast if I could run fast, but the fact of the matter is I don't. I feel .. well, the same. I don't feel like the cars driving by think.. wow, she's running fast. I think I look pretty much the same as I always did, but who knows.
I have a hard time maintaining a certain pace so I decided to just run hard and see where it put me. I checked my watch periodically and I would be lying if I told you I wasn't stoked when I was running UP HILL at race pace. I couldn't believe it. More than once I did think to myself, "this can't be right, my Garmin has got to need charged or just be broken.".... guess we'll find out on Jan 31st since I don't have anyone else to check it against.
At the end of my run ... and out and back so equal amounts of up hill and down hill... I averaged 7:49... SEVEN FORTY NINE!!!! Most of you know that back in the day it was all I could do to maintain a 9:30 for any length of time....
I'm working my ass off, eating the best I possibly can and trying my damnedest to get in bed early and get the rest I know my body needs for recovery. Hydration is a whole other issue, but I'm trying to stay on top of it. I'll be damned if it doesn't seem to be paying off. Maybe I'll actually pull this off.
Oh, I might add that it was like 10 degrees out this a.m. and I couldn't feel my feet until right before I turned around!!! Guess running on numb stumps works for me!!
Thanks to all of you that are giving so much support on my FB updates. The count down is on... only 6 more weeks... I think I can I think I can I think I can.....
IF I qualify for Boston there is another goal on the horizon.