… happy run! only my second time since September 1, so am chuffed w/the time. wanted to do at least 4K, but was windy, and got tuckered. did run a solo 1K after catching my breath, so essentially did run 4K, lol. being a non-runner of late, love it… love my negative splits too!
Garmin was generous today, I’ll take it… usually on the wrong end of the GPS stick! Seventeen and a half minutes, only twenty-five seconds off my PR! Splits were consistent too, although my 3rd surprised me – it’s hands down my fastest, but not today? Strange?! Oh, well, I blame the slight headwind, lol! Feels good laying down a good time! Chuffed!
Finally a run to blog home about! I’ve been having a difficult time, and I don’t know why? I’ve been running over 2 months for the 2015 season, and don’t have the distance stamina I should, and def don’t have the pace I expect. I’ve been running very slow compared to my glory days of 2013 when I set all my records. I don’t know where this came from… I’m particularly proud of my 3rd split; I was shocked when my wrist buzzed and I looked down to see a 4:12, I didn’t feel winded, or that I ran it particularly fast/hard. I certainly had plenty left in the tank, and even my final split although fast as well, I never went out and killed it. I know one day I’ll be able to finish in 8:15… and if I could run a solid 2K to start, I’ll have a great chance at PR-ing. As it was, I only missed it by just over 30 seconds. And, to show you how slow I’ve been, my previous best this year was 18:50 (which I ran twice)! Today, if nothing more is vindication…
my training has been seldom and sporadic. today, I planned on running farther and slower. I really was hoping for a 12K at maybe a 4:48 – 4:50 pace. I know too, that this was probably overly optimistic, but that was my plan. my 4:41 first K, I was fine, I felt well within myself … slow it down for the next K I said to myself. 4:31 – yikes, but still felt good. when I saw that 4:34 third K, I knew I was fucked! my lungs were beginning to burn too, not helping matters – lack of training is my enemy. shut it down at my proverbial 4K run, and I’m fine w/ that. I’m always happy with a sub 18 minute 4K – I know this one wasn’t, but easily coulda been – I ran it thinking, I’d be running farther than a 4K, so I was saving some gas in the tank. still thrilled w/ an 18:17! have I told y’all lately how much I REALLY miss running, lol?!
my 4K run ends at a major intersection. 150 meters before that is a traffic light. a traffic light which 90%+ of the time shows me green as I approach, allowing me to run through, to run hard straight to the finish. not today. plan B; I have a secondary route if this occurs while I’m killing it. nearing, and I all I see is RED (damn you all to hell timed traffic lights, lol)! at the last possible second … I veer left … to continue making up the necessary distance without stopping. this sharp turn alone costs me a couple of seconds, but due to ongoing construction in the area, not permitting traffic, pedestrian traffic as well as I painfully found out to continue, I unknowingly ran myself into dead-end … AND, as close to a 4K without being a 4K. but luckily, I saw stairs that weren’t part of this blockade, and were left accessible for pedestrians. stairs that ultimately I ran up to finish my final few meters. I know this musta cost me at least 10 seconds on my final lap … as well as a a lot of ‘can you believe that shit’? laughter afterwards, as I admired my run on my Garmin, lol!