I have been running at a pretty regular pace for a year and a half now…my road runs stay between 8:30 and 9:00 minute miles…regardless of the pace. I might hit a short run at about 8:00 minutes a mile, but it is rare.
My body, through my doing, has programmed itself at that pace. I have trained for a Marathon and two 1/2 Marathons at that pace…and I run the actual races at 9:00 to 10:00 paces. It was like I run out of gas.
The past couple of weeks have been a little sluggish for me and my running, so we are changing things up a bit.
I am going to completely start from scratch running again. Just like I did in April of 2008.
The only difference here that were going to crank things up a notch.
So today, I started with two miles at a sub-7:00 pace. It felt like a comfortable pace. Two miles in 13:47. I used to run a timed two miles in the Army every month. My personal best is 10:16, but I only ran that time when someone was running faster. Until that point, I was a 11:15 guy…so motivation has a lot to do with things.
I don’t plan on ever getting to that point again.
It was fun today and I am a bit excited about running again…but the last time I did this I vowed to not run in any races. Three races later, here I am.
I make no such promises this time.