1. Do you ever do time trial runs, just to see how fast you can go?? Well I normally don't. Yesterday Jack ran a mile time trial to see what he could do and was excited to set a new 'after high school PR'- 6:18. He asked my PR in the mile to compare his "manliness". So 12 years and 25-30lbs ago, I whipped out a 5:56. It was very common to run 6:10s in my first mile of the 5k, but alas that was another lifetime ago. I got heckled saying I was making excuses and I might surprise myself, SO after work I decided to do my own mile time trial...
6:21- woot woot. Fastest "after high school" mile ran to date.
which brings me to my next point.
2 I know I have speed- however it doesn't transfer into the half marathon distance yet, which is so frustrating. I'd like to think I have enough introspection to have figured out what I'm about to say sooner, but alas, it took hearing from someone else before everything clicked. Last Thursday I went on a run w/ J and he is better about watching his pace more than I. He later confessed he thought I was crazy because during our first mile we were running in the 6:30s for awhile (ummm I was supposed to be setting the pace and he was just going along with whatever). End result- I had to walk shortly into mile 2. This is what happens in my half marathon race (only much later in race, not after mile 2 thankfully) My inconsistent splits aren't because I'm that bad of a runner, they are more me figuring out speed, going too fast, then having to walk to catch my breath- REPEAT. With the exception of Charlotte 1/2 last year, I've had to walk in EVERY SINGLE DARN 1/2 marathon. You would THINK after 27 of these races, I would have figured this all out- I guess that is one of the many downsides of quantity vs. quality with the number or races I've put in during the last year.
3. Since our mile time trial times are practically the same- (haha he's already planning out trying to run a 5:55) J suggested we occasionally do speedwork on our lunch break. Music to my ears! I desperately need an accountability partner who will push me to make me better! I cannot wait to get back to where my passion started for running way back at the awkward age of 13--- the track
I apologize about abandoning you for 8 years, but I'm back and I promise to love you just the same. If you're good to me, I'll be REAL good to you. I look forward to spending more quality time to make up for all these lost years.
(.1)- State #24 is this weekend- Texas- yeehaw. Guess since I live in Nashville I can't really make fun of Texans since there are just as many accents,cowboy hats and boots in downtown. (which just an fyi- people that live here, dont wear them, so when you come into town visiting and opt for an outfit that includes 1 or both of these, we know you're a tourist )
Anyway, despite the hilly profile for Livestrong Austin 1/2 on Sunday, I'm going to throw it out there and say I'm going for a PR. I NEVER do this- but I'll share my ABC goals with you guys before my race:
A. Break 1:50 barrier
B. Set new PR (anything faster than 1:51:56)
C. Have consistent splits without going over a 30 sec range (this should probably be my A goal since this would be harder to do than running faster, but we'll go with it)
Wish me luck, speed, and consistency !!