6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I found my SPEED

I TOTALLY forgot to tell you all... On Friday I was feeling well FAST. I thought it would be a good time to see how much fitness I have lost the past 2 weeks. My goal to PR in a Half Marathon this year would require running sub 7:55 pace. So I set out for 5 miles at sub 8's.

And here is how it went:

Mile 1: 7:32, dodged a fallen tree across the path, a decent sized snake and several walkers.

Mile 2: 7:21, there were some high schoolers who appeared to be setting up for a car wash, I ALWAYS run fast when I see teenagers, like I have something to prove??

Mile 3: 7:41, OUCH side ache, hmmm lack of fitness at higher speeds? I think so.

Mile 4: 7:49, Feeling a little deflated and mentally wanting to stop running fast. I kept telling myself, less than 16 minutes and counting down. This mile has the 2 little baby hills, TOUGH when trying to maintain SPEED.

Mile 5: 7:48, so ready to be done, finally got over the side ache and was SUPER PROUD of the run!

5 Miles 38:14 for 7:38 overall pace!!

With all that has happened the past few weeks (Jury Duty, hubby being gone, death in the family, etc..) my training plan has been thrown a CURVE. I was hoping to get ready for a PR at the Jock N Jill Half Marathon on Labor Day, but now I don't know if I will run it at all. Hmmmmm?? This run proved to me that I have the ability to run sub 8's, I am not sure I have the fitness to hold it from 13.1++ miles. Will see, maybe I will run a spontaneous Half, Amanda style and pull out an unexpected ZONE race. Time will tell.


  • Speaking of Amanda, we had a fun 12 miler on Saturday and RAN into Jill, pictures and full details tomorrow.. The return of Tall Mom Test Lab Tuesday and High Five Friday and an Outside PR hosted GIVEAWAY this week. Lots of FUN to come on Tall Mom, so come on back no you hear?? LOL!!

18 comments:

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Yah!!! Amanda style!!! Ha ha !! Seriously, it is so fun to be spontaneous!! I'll decide that day if I am spectating, doing the half or the 4 miler!!! =) Either way, if you are there I will see you!!!

Great job on the speedy run!! You rock!!! I would be happy with 5 miles sub 9.

S Club Mama said...

Oh my gosh...that's so amazing! I cannot understand how you can run that fast. I am so jealous of your speed (and possible height). Holy buckets! I'm lucky to get 5 miles in under an hour LOL

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great job re-setting that speedometer! Maybe you needed that little haitus?! Everything happens for a reason and those reasons are like ripples in a pond. You'll be seeing them for years. (Experince talking. You just have to see them)

Enough of that. I listed you on the 10 day streakers. I am assuming your doing it. Sorry if your not but I figured you'd like the pressure, I mean encouragement on me saying you were. ;-)

racing dawn said...

Man, those are some super fast miles! Since you found your speed, could you look around for mine? ;) Still trying to get my fast miles to convert over longer periods of distance... I'll keep looking in the meantime. :)

carla said...

wow.
truly in awe of your speed, your love of the run, your tenacity and your resiliency.

truly in awe.


MizFit

marathonmaiden said...

you are so totally fast! way to go :) i think you can totally rock a pr this weekend!

Laura said...

HOLY!!! That is an amazing run. I am so in awe of your speedsters.

Lisa said...

great run, congrats!! I bet it was such a great feeling!

Java Joggers said...

I'd say you DID find your speed on that run. Nice! I laughed when I read your comment about running faster when you see teens... I cross paths frequently with our local high school's cross country teams, and always feel the need to speed up when I'm running near them. Ridiculous, since there's no way I could ever run those speeds, plus I'm sure they're not at all paying attention to me :)

Denise said...

great job! it's nice to see a little break doesn't kill us, hunh?

Lacey Nicole said...

great job!!!! it's all about pushing yourself and doing what you can. you really did both of those and held on for a great run. nice work!! love the PROUD feeling :)

Running Diva Mom said...

holy speediness! Congrats! Glad to hear that you've found your mojo again. nice work!

track coach and adorable wife said...

nice work speed demon! It must be nice to just wooosh by people (especially the teens!) Glad you had a good run with Amanda.

Marlene said...

Rockin' 5 miler! Don't sell yourself short... race day adrenaline is a beautiful thing!!!

Kate said...

Wow, that's fast! I was super excited to get in 4 miles with a sub-9 min average (barely!!). Maybe next year I'll sound like you...but I doubt it! Way to go!

Irene said...

Wow! You really did find your speed! Woohoo!

Cynthia O'H said...

I laughed at the teenager mile. I'm the same - especially since there are always kids from school or some I use to teach recognizing me. It's not just about being fast; it's about looking fast!
Great job on your pacing.

Shelby said...

Mel: Run it!!!!!!!! RUn Super Jock and Jill. I am, my cousins own the store so our family always does it! I look out for you on Monday. It will be my best friends first half, which is really exciting!!