13ish miles over the weekend
This weekend was one of nostalgia…on Saturday, my “big kids” graduated. I’ve got my neapolitan crew (little kids), but I also teach at a local University (my big kids), so May is pretty special because I get to see them move onto bigger or better things…or with this economy back into Mom and Dad’s house.
Between that, the picture perfect weather,and still working through the burnout that was the Boston training cycle, I have just been running how far I want, how fast I want…Kind of fartleking my workouts.
No looking at a watch, GPS or anything…just run and check out the details later (wait…you thought I wasn’t tracking it?!? Hogwash…I’m a runner, of course I’m tracking it, I just don’t have to look at it until later).
Have their been hills? Yep….lots of ’em.
Have their been steady jogs? Indeed!
Have their been breathless, pushing it runs? When I feel like it.
But mostly, I’m just running however feels good at the time.
With a nice base run of about 5 miles 3-4 and 1 longer (8-10 mile) run a week, I’ve been clipping out around 7:15-7:40 paces on most of my runs….perhaps it’s the fabulous scenery….
But mostly it’s because I’m relaxed and just running less mileage (more like 25 miles a week instead of 40…but even my 8.5 mile “long run” on Sunday averaged out around a comfortable 7:30 pace and I didn’t feel like i was pushing it that hard….so let’s go with it.
I know myself and know that if I run the Laguna Hills half marathon on Monday, I’ll probably
die a slow painful death, have fun and push it really hard, melt into a puddle of sweat from the heat, push it and get hurt again.
I’m not in half marathon PR shape, and I know it. I am, however, probably in a really good place to try and stretch myself to run a sub 42 minute 10k. It will be a stretch, but I really think it’s possible. So bye bye 1 half a month (though on a technicality, I ran a full in April, so that should count for 2 months, right?) and hello, smart, healthy, fun, unplugged running….
Do you ever run “unplugged”?
What’s next on your race docket?