I lost my speed gear last year and have not pushed any paces in so long that I feel like a slug. Tonight I finally had a run that makes me think my faster paces may come out of hibernation. I felt so slow starting out in the breezy conditions but I decided to push since I was only doing 3 miles; ended up tacking on a cool down mile because I was so happy!!!
Mile 1: 8:04
Mile 2: 7:31
Mile 3: 6:46 (yayayay!!! First sub-7 mile in almost a year!)
Mile 4: 7:47 (cool-down)
While tonight's run does absolutely nothing to help me prepare for Saturday, it was a huge boost to my confidence. I've avoided speedwork/tempo runs because they are hard (I'm lazy) and they aggravate my knee but yesterday's ART session made my knee feel so much better. I finally see hope in returning to the training paces that I was hitting late 2008/early 2009...I plan on keeping one run per week short and focused on speed so that training to run slower in the 100 does not equate to a loss of speed overall.
Happy Friday! - Friday starts early for me:)