Warning – Another cold day whine.
Yesterday, yeah yesterday we were supposed to have our nooner Central Maine Strider’s group run – supposed to.
When I did Bennie’s 2.0 mile walk in the morning, it was cold enough for my face to hurt when we got back. The temps might have been above zero, but the wind chills brought it down to subzero yet again. As we were walking back to the house, I decided to not run outside and do the treadmill at Champions.
I left a message on the CMS Facebook page telling them I was wimping out.
Surprise, surprise, surprise (shades of Gomer Pyle, USMC – for those of you who remember the show)
Barry was already on the treadmill doing a great job of beating it up and making me green with envy at the pace he was doing and how easy he was making it look. Damn tall, lanky guy, he has the perfect build for a runner and a stride that I would love – instead of short and stumpy, with a choppy stride like me.
Just a little runner envy there – absolutely. I can only wish to be able to run like he does.
I jumped on the treadmill and we gabbed for a bit and then I lost myself in the music and focused on doing it to it.
RA Stats 3-5-14
I wanted to get 3.0 miles at close to what I would like to run my next 5K pace – sub 7:00 and I wanted to be tired when I was doing it.
So I did a warm-up, pushed it to 7:30 pace and increased it every mile. 8.4 is about 7:06, 8.5 is 7:00 and 8.6 is 6:56, so I did what I set out to do.
The last mile was a little dry, but that is what I wanted – I didn’t want it to be easy and I had enough left in the tank that I could have done another mile at that pace, but it would have meant dipping to farther into the well, than I want to for just a workout.
I did screw up when I calibrated the run at the end, when I matched up the watch to the treadmill I forgot to change the miles (the watch read 6.54) and saved the run as a 6.0 mile run, instead of the 7.0 miles that I did, which totally screwed up most everything on my mile laps. So I am still learning that I need to pay more attention to what I am doing.
The photo above is after I realized what I had done – ah well a mind is a terrible thing to use at the end of a tough run! hehehe
Excellent run and good test to see if I am ready to go sub 7:00 for a 5K. Depending on the weather and the course, I believe that I am. Gotta get off my butt and actually to run in a race.
However, I will be honest, I am not going to race a 5K in single-digit temps, for me that would be risking pulling a muscle or screwing up my Achilles again, so until it starts to warm-up a little, I will just keep running and not doing any racing.