Monday, April 18, 2011

weekend reflections

Friday night I was hoping to get a 6 mile run in, but Robert got home later than expected so I didn't have time for that many miles.  I had about 30 minutes to run so I set a goal of 3 miles for myself, while pushing Gus in the stroller.  I've been doing my evening stroller runs at around a 10:15-10:30 pace, so I knew I would have to kick it up a notch to get 3 miles in 30 minutes.  I wore my Garmin and this is what happened:

Mile 1: 9:22
Mile 2: 9:30
Mile 3: 9:47

This made me happy because I accomplished my goal and if I had had more time I could have maintained that pace for a few more miles for sure.  It left me thinking about a couple of things:

1) With each mile, my pace slowed.  Annoying.  I would like to be able to either keep a steady pace throughout my run, or increase my speed with each mile.  I know I can do this - I just need to pay better attention and be mindful of this.

2) I think that I am at the point postpartum where I am ready to begin pushing myself.  I know I am capable of pushing the stroller at faster than a 10 minute pace on a regular basis.  

3) The pace I have been running without the stroller is no faster than with!  Silliness.  I believe I can and should be moving faster when I am not pushing the stroller, right!?

Yesterday morning I met my buddies for a 10-12 mile run.  We ran the beautiful trails in my town (Reston) and covered 12.75 miles.  It was a GREAT run.  I held a steady pace averaging about 10:15.  This is a hilly route and some miles were closer to 11 minute pace while others were at a 9 minute pace, but all in all I feel really great about the run.  I was just as strong as all my buddies which made me happy.  
trails of Reston out my back door
Last week my total mileage was 24.75 for the week.  I am going to be gradually increasing this while keeping my weekend long run somewhere between 10-15 miles from now until June 18 when my marathon training program starts.  My goal is to get my weekly mileage up to 30 miles a week as I enter into marathon training mode.  And, of course, to work a bit on my speed.  I want to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy, doing my easy short weekday runs around a 9 minute pace.  I think this is totally possible!

I want to give a special shout out to everyone running Boston as I write this!!!!!  I am sooo happy for all of you, and have had "Boston Fever" for the past week just thinking about the excitement of that race!!


You are doing awesome! I'm so excited to follow your marathon training!

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