Soooo, I've been trying to follow Sasha's recommendation of running 5 miles per day at a nice easy pace of 10:00 per mile for the last 3 weeks or so (granted, one week I only ran 4 days). So, this evening I started my run, nice and easy, thinking I'd better pick it up because I was going way too slow. So, imagine my surprise when I look down at Mr. Garmin, who says I'm running 9:30! I keep running, keep running, and still 9:10 to 9:40. So, I decide to do 5.6 instead of my normal 5. I swear, for most of the run, it felt too easy!! My splits were: 9:36, 9:45, 10:02, 10:00, 9:55, 8:53 (.6 mile), for an average pace of 9:45. Total time was 54:38.
I think I mentioned last week that it was starting to feel not quite so easy to maintain 10:00. Improving by 15 seconds per mile to the point where it feels easy is very encouraging! I'm very excited to see what my body will be able to do after a month of running 30 miles per week consistently! I'm getting up at 4:45 again tomorrow to do an easy run with my friends. Let's hope that tonight's run has become the rule, rather than the exception!
Congrats to EVERYONE who ran St. George over the weekend. You all inspire me to run my heart out and set challenging goals for my running!