Stats for 3/24:
8:34 overall pace
Slight wind, run with Shelby
My co-worker Tanna (who has run 3 marathons) offered simple advice when I started my training. She said to follow the mileage plan 100%. Before my "official" training started I had been running 4-6 miles each run during the week and longer runs on the weekend. So the 3 milers sprinkled throughout the first 5 weeks of "The Plan" feel like rest or easy days. My work-lunch-running-partner Shelby seemed pretty happy when I told her that I would be scaling back and doing 3 milers for a few weeks. She calls me "Coach," although she has never fully explained the nickname my gut tells me it is because our workouts push her to her limit. Oops, guess I am not a very good running buddy.
On our quick run today Shelby talked almost the whole time, which was GREAT! I got to go on autopilot and not reach for conversation. The first half of our run we were against the wind, thankfully at 1.5 the wind was aiding our progress. The trails near my office are level, paved pathways, much better than the sidewalks near my house.
The run was a breeze, which made me think back to the "Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure" 5K that I did last June. I remember being soooo excited to finish the 5K in under 30 minutes, my time was 29:33. It was a struggle to run and I felt like walking a few times. Amazing what a difference 8 months makes. I am tempted to sign up for a 5K race to get a PR on the books. For now I will enjoy the low mileage and test the limits of my speed.