Friday, November 4, 2011

Dear Tempo Runs, I apologize for judging you.

Hey! I've got a 5K this weekend.

My previous 5K PR is 33:05, from the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K in June.

I've obviously been running a bit since then, but I haven't done any real speed work since before Long Beach. If we're counting, that was FIVE WEEKS AGO. And, certainly no tempo runs, because I just hate them so very much.

But this week, I was determined to suck as little as possible. So Tuesday, I did my speed work, like a good RLRF follower.

And last night, I did tempo. I almost didn't. I looked at my RLRF pace (9:56) and pretty much laughed at it.

This is the thing. I am NOT a fast runner, obviously. And I'm pretty content with that. Everyone runs for their own reasons, with their own goals. Mine is just to suck less, a little bit. I'm not SUPER concerned with my pace, so long as I'm challenging myself.

And I really don't want to puke. Ever.

I checked out my previous tempo run attempts, and they went from 10:54 (in June), 10:50, 10:44, 10:39, 10:24 (in August). Then I stopped tempo, totally.

Those were ALL done with a minute (or two....) break in between miles to catch my breath. All of them. I never ran a tempo run straight through.

So, yeah, 9:56. Seemed AWFULLY ambitious.

But I figured I'd give it a shot. How bad could it really be, right? I can just lower the speed or take a break if it REALLY sucks.

Mile 1: 9:46.

Huh. This isn't so bad. I don't even feel like I need to slow down....

Mile 2: 9:46

Huh. Two miles. Who knew.

Mile 3: 8:55.

what. the. eff. did. i. just. do.

I mean. Did you see that?


3 miles, 28:24. Average pace 9:28.

That is the FASTEST I've ever run, ever. Ever. I didn't feel like I might die. I could have run FASTER, even - I started playing with the speed with about .75 left to go, and increased from 6.3 to 7.4.

And I could have kept going. I could have gone faster.

Imagine where I'd be if I hadn't chickened out of all those other tempo runs, eh?


  1. yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes


  2. Woooooohhhhoooooooooooo!!!! Look at you go girl! You freaking rock. Seriously, you are going to do great on Sunday :)

  3. You've so got a 5k PR this weekend. You are going to crush your previous time. Can't wait to hear about it.

  4. 8:55 - Nice!! You are going to do awesome on Sunday!

  5. Go kill that 5k. That PR is history.

  6. That is superb running! Very quick! Good luck for your 5k :)

  7. AMAZING job!!!!! You are going to smash your PR this weekend.

  8. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang. You KILLED that tempo run. You are going to SMASH your 5k this weekend. So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. way to proud that is awesome....

  10. Sooo, I'm thinking <30 is totally doable based on your tempo run. I mean, .1 is less than 1:36 based on your 8:55 (it's 53 seconds). Not to psyche you out or anything.

    But easily doable, in my opinion.

  11. You are pretty freakin' awesome. I don't think you suck at all :)

  12. GREAT JOB GIRL!!! Good luck with your 5k! You're going to bust a new PR for sure!! :)

  13. 8:55!!!! FABULOUS!!

    You know what .. my fastest mile ever was 8:56! We are totally running twins!


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