I’m two days into marathon training part deux and awaiting the arrival of my Believe I Am training journal, so for now I’ll just share some minor details of my training sessions. Yesterday I ran after school and after my Monday tutoring session. I was supposed to do six miles, but it was probably closer to 7 because I ran for 49 mins and was going pretty quickly. Felt really good though, perfect weather in the mid 60s.
You know that feeling when you do a tempo run and it just feels soo easy? Like your body just knows your pace and your limbs work in perfect harmony and you feel like you’re almost floating? Well, today was not one of those days. I felt like the tin man when he needs oil; uncoordinated and like I was having to think way too much about putting one foot in front of the other. And my arms– I don’t know what was going on with them. They were moving sideways, and in circles, and not cooperating with my legs at all. I was supposed to run 4 miles at 6:30 pace, and apparently I forgot how to pace because my mile splits were 6:24, 6:31, 6:19, and 6:07, for a total time of 25:22.
So obviously I ran faster than I was supposed to, but my breathing was fine, everything else was fine… I just felt very inefficient. I guess 4 weeks off from running will make you feel like that, along with a few extra pounds. I’m encouraged by my overall pace though, and that it didn’t feel hard to run that pace.