9 Mile Magic

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.


Christi said...

Yay for the enthusiasm with running again. I have been having the same feeling. I am not running fast like you but I have found the fun again. You go girl!

Shelley Flones said...

i DO use words like 'stoked' and I'm totally stoked for you! How super rad!! Hmmm...Pi Day River Rotation half marathon is March 4... seems like a good one for ya! :)

Kelly said...

I don't only see a half marathon...but a PR! Possibly soon a full!!! I am too slow to train with you but honestly, will hold the stop watch, water, coat, whatever you need!

Sam said...

Awesome! Have fun running those miles! You're a grt athlete and I'm sure you'll rock the half mary!