I am very excited to report that this has been a wonderful week of running. It’s nice to say that after the way this summer has gone. As most of you know, it’s been tough. I have struggled with my pace – my form – my body, but this week was a breakthrough. On Monday, I was able to get in my first real long run (10 miles) in over a month. My pace was good, clocking in right around a 9:00/mile, which is my goal pace for the Richmond Marathon in November.
Tuesday, the last hill on my 5 mile run caught up with me again. I’ve struggled with this hill for the last month. Fortunately on Thursday, things went very well and I ran 7 + miles under an 8:45/mile pace.
This all leads to the picture on the right. I asked one of my friends if he would want to run with me this morning and he was willing. We’ve run together on several occasions now. Our plan was to run one of my 7 mile routes (in reverse.) The hills are a little more bearable this way. It was a really good run and yet we ran it very slow. I felt bad because I really felt like I was pushing my friend. The last hill was brutal for him. Here was the lesson learned this morning. I was able to run for an hour and 20 minutes and yet when we were done, I felt great and I burned more calories than I would have if I had run fast.
Another great thing about this run is that it set me up perfectly for Monday’s long, slow distance run, which I’m planning on being about 12 miles and hoping to be right around that 9:00/mile pace. I’m hoping my good fortune continues and that my body continues to grow stronger, especially as the summer temps go away and we come into fall.
I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Philippians 3:12b-14 (NLT)