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Back to Speed

by Meghann on January 22, 2013

Bam! It feels good to be back!

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I set out on my first tempo run since last April this morning. It. Was. Awesome. Seriously.

Truthfully, I was nervous. My sub-48:00 10k plan called for 5 miles total with 3 miles of tempo at an 8:30ish pace. 9 months ago I would have saw that and thought no problem – this would be an easy run. Today I wasn’t so sure I could do it. I’ve done very limited speedwork since the Flying Pig marathon and all the runs I have done have mainly been short and unfocused – I was just running to run, not really with any goal or purpose. My average speeds have been relatively slow (for me) and I haven’t really fought to change that until now.

Now I’m ready to build that speed back up. I started with a mile warm-up, then kicked it into gear for the center three before cooling down for the final mile. I wasn’t sure I could hold the 8:30 pace for the three miles (which shows just how out of shape I feel since my final goal is to run 6.2 miles 45 seconds faster than that pace), but I don’t always give my body as much credit as it deserves. I may not be on top of my speed game, but that doesn’t mean I’m completely out of shape. I’ve still been running regularly and my legs are strong thanks to my new CrossFit addiction. Holding the 8:30 pace was tough, but still manageable. I couldn’t believe it when I checked my pace a 1/2 mile in and saw that I was pretty close to my target and didn’t feel like I was going to die. Woo hoo!

I ended up averaging a little more than the 8:30 pace (8:34 was my average for the three miles according to Mr. Gamin) and I couldn’t be happier to hit that. If anything those miles gave me the confidence I needed to remind myself that I could do this. That my sub-48 goal is possible with a little training. This is just a starting off point and I’m ready to see where it goes.

I was so inspired after my run that I even logged onto my DailyMile account to document it.

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I was obsessed with DailyMile last spring when I was training for my big PRs, but sort of let it slip by the wayside in the months that followed. My last entry was 4 months before – whoops! DailyMile is a great encouraging community of runners and triathletes. If you’re training for a big race or just want to keep track of you mini goals and running accomplishments it’s a great community to be a part of. Are you a member? Let’s be training buddies!

Breakfast!!

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It’s hard to tell in the photos, but there’s oatmeal with a dollop of almond butter under all those berries and nuts.

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Loved the post-run fuel!

I am so pumped for this new training season! I was really burnt out last summer and am thrilled I gave myself an extended break to recover. Game on!

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