I had an awesome run yesterday. I have been feeling a little worried about my speed lately. I have my first race coming up in three weeks, a 5k, and I have been a bit of a slacker in the speed department all winter. I have done a few set of 400s here and there and some tempoish type runs but nothing really speedy.
So I set out to do three miles easy at about 9 min/mile pace to get good and warmed up although the third mile was faster than planned at 8:36. I then started in on 800 intervals. Not my favorite but it had to be done.
I did the first one pretty slow and kept it around 7:15 pace. I think I was worried about burning up all my energy too early. It felt good though, so I kicked the next couple up to 7 min/mile pace and those felt good. I took each one progressively a little faster until I ran the last two at 6:40 pace and while I was sucking wind at the end I felt great!
I didn't have my Garmin officially set up in interval mode so I didn't get an official breakdown, but I did 8x800 with 400 rest recovery in between and then a mile "cool down" at 7:57 pace. My legs were kicked into fast mode and didn't want to slow down.
The run was a great confidence booster.
The worst, most shocking thing about my run. (Sorry no pictures of the actual event)I routinely see deer and lots of them on my runs. I see them jump fences all they time. They are pro fence jumpers. They do it all the time.
Yesterday I witnessed a jump gone bad. The deer, a doe, jumped the fence but something went terribly wrong. She mistimed it, miscalculated I don't know. One minute she was in the air and the next struggling on the ground.
I thought maybe she got tangled in the wire and started to call my husband to come help cut her out of the wire. Then I noticed it was worse. Her back legs were no longer functioning. She broke her back in the fall. She was there struggling on the ground trying to get away from me and my dog, but unable to.
She finally put her head down. I couldn't help but take a moment to savor my own legs. Healthy. Strong. Functional. Scary how fast life can change. One minute soaring, the next struggling, confused, and in pain. She was later put out of her misery. :(
What is the worst thing you have ever seen on a run?