Alright, after that Harry Potter post yesterday, let’s get back to running. More specifically, Marathon Training, since it started two weeks ago.
During my week in London, I had 32 miles on my Marathon Training schedule, and I don’t want to brag or anything (but I’m totally going to), I ran all 32 of those miles. *Pat on the Back* Actually during any of my vacations, I find it easy to work in my marathon training schedule SINCE I’M NOT WORKING (duh).
I promise I have eyes.
I wanted to discuss something that happened on two of my runs in London. On Tuesday, my marathon schedule called for an easy 6 mile run (9:30 – 10:15 pace), and on Thursday, my schedule said to run 6 miles at a “comfortable pace” (which for me is usually a 9:00 – 9:15 pace). Being in a foreign land, I kept my runs in the same running loop so I wouldn’t get lost, and the Tuesday and Thursday 6 milers were no exception:
Love Battersea Park.
Before you read on, I promise I have somewhat of a point at the end, and please note I did not look at my Garmin during these runs. Here are my thoughts when I was on both of my runs, before I saw my times on the Garmin.
TUESDAY: I must be running wayyy faster than a 9:30 pace because every step I took felt like I was working really hard. I was breathing heavy and I felt like I couldn’t go any faster. By the end of the 6 miles, I felt as though I ran a marathon. I was exhausted and beat up, but I thought I ran faster than 9:30, especially since I felt so tired. I was thinking a 9:00 pace average?
THURSDAY: The run felt effortless. I thought I must be keeping a 10 minute pace because it seemed so easy. I thought to myself, “DAMN IT, now a 10 minute pace is my “comfortable pace”? How the hell am I ever going to run a Sub-4 marathon??” After running those six miles, I didn’t want to stop, and I felt like I had a lot of energy left.
Then I went home and plugged in my Garmin…
WTF!?!!?! I DON’T UNDERSTAND RUNNING AT ALL. This is the EXACT same running route. Please someone explain how this happens.
PS - I’m not ashamed of that 12:08 mile. Sometimes it happens (I actually think I might have been lost at some point and walked). But I’m OWNING that 12:08 pace.
PPS – Good News is that I have the potential to be a lot faster than I think I am. Bad News, I have no idea if I can ever run 6 miles at an 8:21 average pace again.
As for sties I saw along my 12 mile run through London. Not too shabby.
Can someone please explain why one day a run feels terrible and another day a run feels amazing??