Friday, January 8, 2016
Pace: 9 min/mi
Comments: This one was not fun and straight up weird in terms of the timing. I would have sworn this was significantly slower since I was doing a full on slog from the second mile on. But the Garmin had me at 9 min/mi average pace. It also had the route seriously screwed up so I'm thinking that's a bit off.
The fact is that after my long layoff, I've had seven runs in the past nine days. It's not a big surprise my legs are feeling a bit of wear at the moment. I'm gonna try to get a "long" run in this weekend but if my legs don't start to recover a bit, I'll probably err on the side of caution.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Pace: 9:01 min/mi
Comments: Thoroughly frustrating day made even worse by my inability to get home and get my run on. Running pissed off is usually a bad idea so I made a conscious effort to hold back the first mile and not burn myself out on the front end of the run. And, instead, blasted out the second mile.
Needless to say, my individual splits were all over the place but the just-over nine minute per mile average is about where I wanted this one to land. I've been very happy with my conditioning and strength thus far but I want to be wary of grasping at stamina too fast and getting injured.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Pace: 9:02 min/mi
Comments: The last couple of runs have been fantastic so I kinda suspected I was due for a cruddy one. And boy this effort certainly qualifies.
It was chilly starting out and I needed a good mile and a half to warm up. A little breeze made that all the more unpleasant. That's probably the reason I started off a bit overfast which left me feeling winded before I even got a third of the way done.
I settled down and resigned myself to the slog which, it turns out, felt a lot worse than it was. I expected 10 min/mi pace but my slowest was 9:10. So I guess I did better than I thought.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Pace: 8:52 min/mi
Comments: I felt pretty good yesterday and really toyed with the idea of getting in a run for the fourth day in a row. But given how hard I had pushed the run the day prior I decided an injury would be the worst case scenario.
Best case would be recovering well on the off day and cranking out a solid effort today. And that's what happened. This run was actually slower than the run prior but I held a strong pace the whole way (negative split) and didn't go all out at the end. This is the most control I've had over a run in months.