I had such an awful slogfest in the mud Tuesday that I was really feeling like I just needed a good run, so I set out Wednesday looking for a little redemption. The first two miles started out slower than I wanted but since I was going to be throwing in some 400s I tried not to dwell on it.
At the start of my third mile I did my first 400 at 6:45 pace and was surprised at how good I felt. I did a total of four with a quarter mile recovery job in between. Then I had a huge three quarters of a mile hill to go up so I put them on hold till I crested the hill, but when I got to the top of the hill I sort of forgot about the intervals and found myself cruising along a mile later at 7:55 pace.
I felt like the 400s I did earlier had hit a reset button. I cruised along for the rest of the run and did the last of the 11 miles an 6:49. To say it felt good was an understatement. Sure I was tired at the end, but I still had so much energy. I felt like I could have done a couple more miles at the 7:50ish cruising pace.
Yay for a great run!
and now for a quick recap of my 2012 goals and how I did with them in January!
2. Wear more sunscreen: I have been more careful about applying the face lotion with the sunscreen on my face and neck and ears before I run. Even when it is cloudy just so I stay in the habit. Although I bet I still didn't do it about half the time.
3.Run 1500 miles this year (about 125 a month or 28 a week) Mileage for the month is..156. Which is also a most in a month ever. The second highest miles in a month is 139 back in November.
4. Eat less sugar: I have been doing better here. When I stop at the gas station to get gas I do not go in and get a bag of candy anymore, but I still eat it, if it is in front of me.
5. Run Faster. I have done a couple speed workouts, but no races yet. I have also stepped up the HIIT workouts, which I like to believe help make me faster. My first race in March 18th and is a 5k. I figure it will be a good benchmark of where I am sitting for the rest of the racing season.
6.Read the kids a bedtime story every night. Done except for the times they fall asleep on the couch early.
7.Keep running clothes in my car so when the opportunity presents itself I can knock out a quick run. So far doing this has resulted in an extra 14 miles during the month of January. This helped me get my highest mileage in a month ever!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Anyone racing this weekend?
Do you ever feel like you have a reset button and suddenly running just feels great again?