This morning I had a tempo run on the calendar. 6 miles at 8:06 pace. Well, I have to say, when I first saw the pace I LAUGHED OUT-LOUD! Sure, I might be able to keep that pace for a mile (or go slightly faster during speed workouts if I am doing short distances like 800 meter repeats), but I "knew" I couldn't keep that pace for SIX miles.
We have been having a heat wave in Southern California for the last few days (in the triple digits... so bad that local bears are trying to cool off in neighborhood POOLS). Since we don't have A/C (haven't needed it in the 6+ years of living in Oceanside), we ended up sleeping on the floor in front of the box fan last night. I knew when I woke up at 4:45am and saw 80* and 80% humidity it would make for an EXTRA TOUGH tempo run.
My thoughts when I started, "As long as I can get my first mile at my tempo pace I will be happy... I mean, it's a goal to work towards, right?! I am sure when the temperatures drop and the humidity leaves I will speed up... Well, hopefully anyway...".
So, with my not so positive attitude I took off. I normally run my first mile too fast (darn you fresh legs and not being able to pace myself), which is what I did this morning. The first mile took 7:45. I looked at my Garmin and figured I wouldn't be able to keep it up, but at least one of the six miles would be at my tempo pace...
Even with the heat, humidity, lack of decent sleep, I WAS ABLE TO KEEP ALL SIX MILES UNDER 8:00 MILES! I was beside myself!! Sure, some of them I barely squeaked by (7:57 and 7:56), but I DID IT!
|Yes, I have to run before the sun comes up to try to beat the heat...|
And get the car back home before hubby needs it to go surf and to work :)
I was THRILLED to say the least. Especially because I have a goal to run my Turkey Trot 5-Miler on Thanksgiving under 40 minutes (which I thought was pushing it, but this morning my first 5 miles took 39:30) and I was nervous to even say the goal out loud, thinking there would be no way I would be able to hit it.
|I wanted to make sure I got a picture (wasn't sure how the one in the dark |
would turn out), so took one under one of the lamps in our condo complex when I got home...
I think the Shwings really helped me FLY!
This is terrible, I know, since I am ALL FOR POSITIVE THINKING, but I was totally expecting to be disappointed with today's run and tell Krissy I needed to reevaluate my goals... SHOOT DOGGY, MAYBE I JUST NEED TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF A LITTLE MORE!!
Do you give yourself enough credit?