Sometimes you’ve got shit going on in your life that isn’t running. It’s weird. Kind of inconvenient. But ya know, that’s life.
Right?? This is pretty much exactly what it looked like.
Also, I know my MS Paint skills are rad. It’s on my resume.
Anyways when you have to move your weekly long run to Friday and chase it with a full day at the office, there are a few things you should consider :
- The workers at 24 Hour Fitness don’t care if you show up already caked in salt and stink just to use their showers – your coworkers WILL care if you don’t
- Pack 3x the snacks you do for a normal work day. At least
- Fill as many drinking vesicles as possible each trip to the break room – you’ll be tempted to let your lazy trump your thirst
- Employ a colleague to perform hourly check ins on you. As in, you’re still alive and not napping on your foam roller under your desk
The run itself was decent. After last week’s 17 where I had enough kick at the end to drop ~30 seconds off each of the last three miles, I wanted to pick up the overall pace this week.
I mean, it didn’t seem like a terrible idea.
Maybe there’s some reasoning behind the thought that “running farther is harder,” but I’m choosing to ignore that. Isn’t that why we run during the week? So we’re capable of running further on the weekends? My run was hard because I ran too fast and wasn’t diligent in watching my early splits. LOOK I’M LEARNING THINGS.
Anyways, the point is, I averaged :01/mi faster than last week.
Last week = strong, fast, love running finish.
This week = dead, shuffling, misery march finish.
For :01/mi – which if you’re decent in math (I used a calculator) would equal :26 seconds off a marathon time – I think I’ll stick with option #1. Slow and steady out of the gate, furious speed demon through the finish. Not feeling like the world might end with every step for the last 30 minutes.
For my record, I had four miles in the 8:30s, and a mile as high as 8:58. Not a terrible spread or that far off of pace, but definitely not as consistent as I’d like. Pinky swear next week I’ll spend more time paying attention to my pace and less debating passive husband manipulation strategies with SR.
Well, ok probably not. Maybe.
I’m gone through Tuesday on a work trip and am not taking my laptop. I’m not put-together enough to have planned posts or anything for you. Sorry. I might manage to run once or twice while I’m gone. Hopefully. If I survive the cold and lack of oxygen.