Do it faster, makes us stronger

Why do I read blogs- because I get so inspired by other runners*! It may be silly to get pumped up by someone I’ve never even met, but I would not have had such a great run without Hungry runner girl Janae’s afternoon post. Despite the five miles I had planned for today, I ran 8.2/70 minutes- a record for me at that distance, or at least close to it. I don’t really keep a running log so I don’t know for sure, but regardless, it was a great, fast run and just what I needed to reach my current state of endorphin high.

I did 3 ~20 minute sets like this: 2 minutes at 6.5, 6.7, 6.9…7.5 and then 1 minute at 7.6, 7.7…8.0

On my middle set I maxed out at 8.1, but next time I think I could push it a little further- possibly even 8.4? Given that most of my runs hover right around 8:30-9 minute miles, I felt like I was flying. But also was surprised how my legs rose to the occasion. I can feel them getting a little (good) sore as I sit here typing but I’m refueling with chocolate milk and will be sure to do some extra stretching before bed.

I wish every run felt this wonderful!

 

*I also read blogs about food. I’ve learned so many kitchen tricks from food bloggers and finally can make a few meals worth eating 😉

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