The last three weeks I've been doing 9 mile long runs on the weekend with the goal of eventually getting back to 10 mile runs at an 8:30 pace. I've only been running one or two days a week but it's been going well. In fact, I think I've been running better in the last few weeks than I ever remember. After my last post, I think running is suddenly trying to sweet talk me back into training for a running race.
Well, I'm listening. It's hard to ignore my last 3 runs. Three weeks ago, I ran 9 miles @ 8:35 pace; two weeks ago I ran 9 miles @8:17 pace; today I ran 9 miles @8:12 pace and just for fun, I ran mile 8 at 7:36.
I don't know where these paces are coming from. Two weeks ago, I swore my Garmin was broken for the first 2 miles. Today's run went really well. The 7:36 mile was hard, but give me a break! I ran a 7:36 after 7 miles at an 8:12 pace! I'm stoked! And for the record, I don't use words like "stoked".
My plan is to run 9 again next weekend and then go up to 10. I should probably start running more than one day a week, but I'm trying my own version of "Run Less, Run Faster." I seem to be running better on super-low mileage so why ruin a good thing?
I think I see a 1/2 marathon in my near future.
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