So on Sunday, I got out for a run. It was my first one in quite a while – except for two short ones with the dogs, which don’t really count. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel.
I felt awesome!
Well, not totally awesome. I was definitely huffing and puffing, but that was because I was pushing myself. My comfortable pace is around 10:00/mile. I was all fired up from watching Kona (still am), and I really want to get faster for IM Boulder (August 3, 2014!). So I need to start pushing my pace on the bike and run. I have some lofty time goals that I won’t say yet. Let’s just say, it would be a big improvement from my 15:33 and 16:0X.
So I got out for a run, and tried not to look at my garmin. Instead, I just ran a pace that felt fast but sustainable. My first two miles were at a 9:15/mile pace. Then I ended up over at the Valmont Bike Park, where a big cyclocross race was going on. I actually had a friend from school who was racing, so I hung out there for a while and watched. It was awesome!!! I already wanted to try cross before Sunday. Now I REALLY want to! I need a cross bike first though… Stinking N+1…
Then I turned around and headed home. At that point, I decided to bust my butt, and did some HIIT sprints. I ended up doing 3.5 miles total, at a 8:50/mile pace. Woot!
Granted, there was a decent break in there where I was at Valmont, but it’s still a massive improvement from my 10 minute miles. I just need to keep at it and not let myself get back into that comfortable zone. I’ve run there long enough.