Today’s run was actually pretty decent. I set out to run faster than I have in the past few runs, and I accomplished my goal with some pretty decent numbers. My average pace for the 3.52 miles was 9:46 with the first half mile being the best at 9:16. More impressive to me was that I was sub-10 minutes on all three miles overall including the last half.
This is important to me. My running goal is to run sub-9’s as my “comfortable run” pace, and I’m getting there. It’s taking me some time, but I’m getting there. Today’s run was comfortable, and notable to me because as I pushed my legs to run faster, they weren’t really aching or burning. The only real limiting factor today was my willpower and desire to run faster.
Tomorrow is a rest day for my legs, so I may do some situps or something. I haven’t decided yet. But tonight, I will sleep well having had a really nice run with great results!
Last night’s run was unexpectedly long. Not because I got lost or anything like that, but because as I ran, I decided that I wanted to keep running. It wasn’t because I felt so great, either. Quite the opposite, in fact. My legs felt a bit like I was running in wet cement or deep sand, and I was kind of upset about it. That led me to running slower than normal so I decided, “Okay body, if you want to play this game with me, I’m going to play one with you!” That’s how I ended up running over five miles last night.
In the end, the pace wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t blazing fast, either. Considering it was a five mile run, I’m okay with the slightly slower pace. I never stopped, and wasn’t in any pain. I had the occasional aches in my legs, but it was what I was taught in the Marines as “Good pain” which is the muscles working.
As for the nipples, I think they are hardening up to the runs. Only the right one was aching the tiniest bit. The left one was a total trooper and wasn’t sensitive at all.
One new thing that happened during this run: I listened to slower music. The xx released their new album today, and I listened to it in its entirety. It’s slower paced music, and I think it actually effected my run by slowing me down. Rammstein makes me run a whole heck of a lot faster! Then, when the album was complete, it didn’t loop to start again and I ended up running the last mile and a half without music. It was weird. I haven’t done that since I was on active duty. It wasn’t bad, but I definitely prefer listening to music or podcasts while I run. It helps keep my mind busy.
It was a good run after all was said and done, and now I’ll be letting my body rest for the weekend before getting back to it on Monday. I may do a short run on Sunday, like a one mile or one and a half mile run, but I haven’t really decided yet. It all depends on how I feel on Sunday.