I skipped my scheduled Thursday 3-mile run, so I promised myself I would make up the mileage before the end of the week. I’m happy to report that I did!
On Saturday, I went to school to work on my dissertation with some classmates, then picked up some accessories I needed for Aaron’s work party next weekend, and stopped off at the gym before dinner. I did three miles on the treadmill, listening to my updated Spotify workout playlist.
This chart really tells a story. I ran well for the first mile—the drop at about .75 is when I had to quickly hop off the treadmill to adjust the fans. Every other drop (6 of them!) are times I wanted to quit. My mind just didn’t want to stick it out on the treadmill (so boring!), but I refused to let my feet leave the belt. I started looking for really driving songs, and you’ll see that my second-to-last running interval was much higher faster than all the others—that’s when I listened to Magic by B.O.B. and decided to match my strides to the music. I think this might be a good strategy for my speed workouts.
Today, it was time for my long run. I got ready for the gym, but went to the grocery store first (in Wisconsin, the car makes a perfectly good refrigerator in the winter). I noticed that all the other neighborhood roads appeared to be clear—except for the part in front of our house. It was a balmy 30 degrees outside today, so I came right home from the store and decided to do my run outside.
I didn’t have a route planned, but now that my Nike+ app is tracking distance correctly, I figured I’d just run through some adjacent neighborhoods until I hit four miles. For the first mile, I felt like I was running even slower than normal. My legs normally have a day of rest before my long runs, but rearranging my schedule this week changed that. There were also section of road where I was running through slush or snow, and I felt like I was running in place. I was completely shocked when the voice in my ear at mile 1 told me I ran it in 14:10.
I tried to hold my pace steady, but ended up clocking 15:05 and 15:22. I was still under a 15:00 mile average pace, and I wanted to keep it that way. About two minutes into my last mile, I turned off the podcast and turned on my workout playlist. It helped me kick it up a notch and finish the last mile in 14:13.
That meant the time for my four mile run was 58:58! I was ecstatic to finish in less than an hour. Speed is relative, right? 🙂 I took my celebratory picture from the couch.
I’m glad I got to run outside today. Looking at the forecast, I’ll be lucky if I get to run outside again next weekend, but definitely not before then. Saturday is the Runs for Cookies 5K, and I really hope that I can do that on the pavement instead of the treadmill.