Well, today was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! First off, it was a run day so that right there puts me in a fabulous mood. Second, I totally trashed all my times from the other day when I ran the same 5-mile route I ran today. Tuesday’s times were:
Average overall pace: 10:21 min/mi
Overall time (5-mile): 51:46 min
Today, however, my very first mile started me off with a bang because when I hit the one mile mark, my running app told me that I had just ran an 8:59 min/mi!!! OMG! I was fist-pumping and saying (yes, out loud) “OMG!” as I ran along. Then, when I hit the 2-mile mark, I was still keeping the faster pace when I clocked in at an average pace of 9:17. Woohoo! When I hit mile 4, my average pace was 9:36 min/mi and then, when I ended at 5 miles, my average pace actually dropped a second to 9:35!!! Holy smokes, I was on fire!!! My overall time for the whole 5 miles was 48:05 minutes. BOOM! <happy dance>
I think that part of why I ran so much faster this morning was due to the temperature. It was 40º when I set out with a wind-chill factor of probably 3 or 4 degrees. Brrrrr!! I walked out the front door in my usual workout shirt and spandex shorts and then walked right back in the front door to find a long sleeved shirt to wear under my workout shirt. It was a thin one, but that’s fine, I knew I would eventually warm up and I didn’t want to overheat when that happened.
My verdict on today’s run is that it was 100 times better than Tuesday’s run. I wasn’t feeling sluggish in the slightest. I felt great the entire time. I also didn’t have to pep talk myself at all and that is always a good sign. I’m not saying Tuesday was a “bad” run because, frankly, I don’t believe such a thing exists. The only “bad” run is the run you didn’t do…in my opinion…and probably in the opinion of any runner you ask.
In closing, I want to point out that I am fully looking forward to Sunday when I can run the trail at Ladybird Lake again. I’m very curious to see just how far I ran this past Sunday. Plus, I’m just looking forward to the change in scenery again.