Before we get to the fun stuff, lets start with the morning run! Today I had 5 easy miles on the schedule, that seemed so small to me, considering I had only seen a few 6s recently and mostly 7+. I decided when looking at my training plan that the last few weeks would probably be the hardest and most exhausting, so I set it up to have either longer runs or shorter runs, not all medium length runs like I had been having. So they will typically be in the 8-11 range or 5-6 from here on out, I think it breaks it up nicely not to have a big number to tackle every day.
My legs felt tired when I first started out, but seemed to be running just fine. I was really excited that the weather people told me it was 74* when I was walking out the door to run, but they lied, it was definitely still at least 79* with 80% humidity- oh well, better than where we were, and I will take that.
5 Miles - 47:00, 9:24 pace
Mile 1- 9:29
Mile 2- 9:31
Mile 3- 9:31
Mile 4- 9:16
Mile 5- 9:13
I started this run by ignoring my Garmin, and I waited until 2 miles to check it. I wanted to run what my body felt was easy, and then try to stay really even and consistent in the last 3 miles. I was suprised I had been running at my race pace so comfortably for the first 2 miles, so I worked on keeping my times even and making it a nice easy run. It worked great during mile 3 (the hills kept me honest) but I just kept speeding up during the last 2. A couple times I tried to back it off a bit, since I wanted to keep this run easy, but it never dropped my pace more than a second or two, I guess my legs were just up for it, so I let them do their own thing. A quicker than expected easy run has certainly put me in a good mood today, and leaves me excited for my track workout tomrrow.
So as I mentioned yesterday I have been doing some goal searching, and I have started to get in a little over my head! I have so many things I want to accomplish, but I managed to pick what I think are the 10 best, and most immediate goals. Thinking about it, this was supposed to be an update to my 2010 goals, but my brain just kept thinking, so I already have a pretty hefty list started for 2011;) Big Surprise!
Some of these are obvious, but some really got me thinking about what I want to do, so here they are:
1. Complete my first Marathon (with a smile on my face preferably, and still standing)
2. Complete a sub-2:00 half marathon
3. Beat my sub 2:00 half marathon time:) (remember I am doing 4 half's this fall)
4. Race 5k in under 25:00 (current PR 25:59)
5. Get down to my goal race weight (8 lbs)
6. Finish a marathon in under 4:15:00
7. Run 1,500 miles in 2010
8. Improve my speed over longer distances
9. Win my age group again before I get bumped up to the really huge and really fast (F25-29)
10. Complete 3 Marathons before my 25th Birthday
These are all pretty ambitious which I think is good. I felt my original plan for the year was a bit weak and a little vague because I was too afraid to be specific for fear of not completing something, so here they are, risky and scary, and possibly a stretch, but I am super excited!
What are some of your goals for the rest of this year?