On Sunday I set out for my run having no distance or pace in mind. Not having a training plan right now is strange but these type of runs are fun. No expectation except to enjoy the run.
About a quarter mile in I realized that it was December 1st and probably my best chance to run my Fall 5 and 10 Virtual Race so I started to speed up.
It was unseasonably warm and I only had to wear a short sleeve t-shirt and shorts, in December!! I ran and just enjoyed the beautiful weather and the time spent by myself.
One surprising thing is that more runner’s weren’t out to enjoy the weather. I think I only saw one other person while I was out.
Soon it was time to turn around for my out and back route. Overall, a very uneventful run but memorable because of the warm weather.
Back in September, when I started this series, my goal was to run each race a little faster. Each race I was able to increase my speed, that is, until the last one. I was so close too! My biggest problem was not checking what my pace should have been before I left the house. While running I honestly thought that I needed a 9 minute pace to meet my goal. Too bad last month I ran it with an 8:57 average pace.
Distance: 5 miles
Average Pace: 8:59
Read more about my first three runs from the 5 and 10 Virtual Race Series. September’s Race. October’s Race. November’s Race.
Are you participating in the Fall 5 and 10 Virtual Race Series?
I’ve been participating in Laura‘s Fall 5 and 10 Virtual Race Series for the past couple of months. Each month by the 5th we are supposed to run either 5 miles or 10 miles for the race. Initially I thought I would run a mixture of 5 and 10 milers for the series but I’ve decided that I want to just stick with tracking the 5 milers. My goal is to keep decreasing my time and so far I’ve done just that!
My training called for 5 ‘fast’ miles on November 1st so it worked out well to fit this in. I ran after my husband got off work and left the house about 5:30. To run anywhere outside my neighborhood I have to take a narrow road that doesn’t really have much of a shoulder to run on. I won’t run on it during rush hour and staying in my neighborhood for 5 miles isn’t a good option either. I ended up driving over to a friend’s house to park my car and headed out from there.
It took forever for my satellite to load so I ended up walk/jogging for about a half mile to warm up. Then I took off. The first month my pace was 9:31 and my second month was 9:21. I’ve been running a little faster lately so I was pushing for a 9 minute mile this time around.
I felt great and when the first mile beeped at me I decided to slow it down just a little. Overall my pace was very steady and I was able to feel what the 9 minute pace ‘feels’ like. I’m happy that lately I’m able to just dial into a pace and hold onto it for a run.
I ran an out and back as the sun was going down. When I turned around and saw the sun shining through the fall leaves I knew I had to take a quick picture.
These early evening fall runs I’ve had lately are easily becoming some of my favorites. The light is so pretty at that time of day and crunching on the leaves isn’t bad either.
Distance: 5 miles
Average Pace: 8:57
Read more about my first two runs from the 5 and 10 Virtual Race Series. September’s Race. October’s Race.
Have you participated in a virtual race before?
My run for October’s Fall 5 and 10 was on the treadmill. This month I decided to run 5 miles again. I don’t have a good 5 mile route that I like to run early in the darkness of the morning so I decided to run in the basement instead.
It was a tough run mentally. The first mile in I was already trying to get out of finishing. I kept telling myself I could run the 5 miles after my husband was off work the next day. Then I just decided to run for 3 miles. When I hit 3 miles it dawned on me that 2 more really isn’t that long so I should just do it and get it over with.
It’s funny how much perspective changes in just a few days. Over the weekend I ran 9 miles on the treadmill and so 5 should seem easy in comparison, right?
And I felt so good after the run was over. I was proud of myself for finishing even though my mind was telling me to give up. I ignored the negative thoughts and pushed through the entire 5 miles. I love running but still have the dreaded negative thoughts every now and again.
My goal with this 5 and 10 series is to increase my pace just a little every month. It’s kinda cheating (doing it on the treadmill) because it’s so much easier than outside on the pavement. I stuck to a 6.4-6.6 pace for the entire run and my overall pace ended up being 9:21. Last month I ran the 5 miles at a 9:31 pace, so I met my goal!
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 46:49 minutes
Average Pace: 9:21
How do you overcome negative thoughts while running?