An Unplanned Progressive Tempo

An Unplanned Progressive Tempo

There are some days when everything just clicks.  You feel good, the weather is perfect and you just get in the groove.  That happened to me today.  I had an easy 5 mile run planned. Goal- I just wanted to run around an 8- 8:15 pace.  I ran my first mile in a 7:50.  Nothing special about that.  My second mile was a 7:40 and it got me thinking- what if I can get 10 seconds faster each mile… For some reason I love coming up with crazy challenges like this to make things interesting when I run solo.  Mile 3 was a 7:25.  It was then I decided to kick it up a notch since I was feeling warmed up and ready to go. I wanted to run further and faster. I had an easy run yesterday so why not push it a little…
Mile 4- 6:58
Mile 5- 6:48
Mile 6- 6:29
Mile 7- 6:28
Mile 8- 6:17
All in all, I ended up running a 6:59 for this little 8 mile run.

If I had set out on today’s run with the goal of running 8 miles sub 7 I don’t know if I would have done it.  I know I would have been dreading it and I would not have had nearly as much fun as I did today!  I had my music on and I was in the zone.  You know the feeling.  It’s days like today that make me especially happy to be a runner!

I hope I will be feeling this good 4 weeks from today… It’s almost time for the Houston Marathon!! I can’t wait! 🙂

7 thoughts on “An Unplanned Progressive Tempo

  1. I’ve really enjoyed following your training leading up to your next marathon!! You’re a speedy mama and I know you’re going to do great!! 🙂 🙂

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