Yesterday I ran 7 miles, which I THOUGHT was 5 miles when I set out.
You think I would know all the routes I run around here, since the options are pretty limited. But I have been mixing it up, and running to different places before I do my common routes.
I am just really bad at measuring these things. I am a chronic under-estimator. I once asked my friend to go on a 17 mile run though the woods with me that turned into a 22 mile run (including getting a little lost).
She hasn’t ran with me since.
So I had just downloaded the Training Peaks Run Tracker App (for FREE!! My one and only Black Friday “purchase”) and so I had my iPhone tucked in the back pocket of my vest, and wore just a simple watch on my wrist.
It was drizzely. 30 degrees. The wind made it kind of raw.
My favorite running weather.
I set out, watching the Kennebec River flow by as I ran upstream on Route 201. I always let my mind flow with the river, it is my favorite part of any run I do here.
At my turn-around point on the run I looked at my watch.
I was immediately frustrated.
HOW could it have taken me over 30 minutes to run 2.5 miles???
I have been working hard.
I know I was running faster than that on my shorter runs – at least in my 4:30am treadmill runs.
So I kept running. The whole time, wondering if I had reached my peak as a runner a few years ago.
Am I destined to just get slower and slower as I get older?
Is distance starting to be a problem?
Maybe I need to stretch more – I envision myself contorted into some yoga pose on my living room floor.
Then I see the dog hair on the carpet and remember that I need to vacuum.
Man, there is a lot of dust on the TV.
I shake it off and keep running.
My thoughts return back to how I could possibly be running 12 minute miles. For me, this just doesn’t seem right. I should be at around 9:15-9:30ish for my easy pace.
I choose to not push harder, I hold my easy pace, keeping my HR down.
But I am annoyed.
The fact that I might have run further than I thought does not occur to me. I am focused on the time and my perceived distance.
My goals for 2013 are built around improving my run and bike.
I should be doing better at this point, after 3 months of solid training, I should be creeping closer to my “fit Mandy” easy pace of 9:00 – 9:15 not going the other way.
I really want to be back there come February and official IMLP training.
How can I fix this?
Track work. I need more track work. I should do hill repeats or some sort of track work once a week.
Last time I did that I got injured.
But I also got faster.
Can I get faster without getting injured?
I look at my watch again. I feel my iPod bouncing around in my pack pocket. Wonder how the heck people run with their iPods because this is driving me nuts.
I think about how I really dislike gadgets, how for me they eat up more time that I don’t have – between waiting for them to find their GPS signal to waiting for them to load onto the computer – they are just time eaters.
But I really like the maps they make.
I am looking at the river again, this time I’m running downstream.
I forget about my worries over pace. I am happy to be out here. Who cares what my pace is. I run because of how running makes me feel.
I don’t care that I am running slower, I decide. I am where I am. I am just going to be happy with it and build off of it.
I shut off my head and just finish the run.
As I am cooling down, I pull the iPod out of my back pocket.
7.05 miles. 1h5m = 9:15ish pace.
Good. Because I really didn’t mean all that crap about I am where I am.
A few readers have contacted me wondering about the no sugars, no grains (NSNG) way of eating that has helped me lost almost 20 pounds to date, asking for a detailed posting on what I eat every day and about the diet in general.
But, I am hesitant to talk about it in too much detail – I am not an expert in anything, except in what really works for me.
So what I think I am going to do for now, instead of a big post about what I eat every day is this: There is an email icon at the top right of my blog. Click it. Email me your questions about NSNG. Or post some questions in the comment section and I will reply to you.
If you want to learn more (beyond what I can tell you) – I suggest listening to the Vinnie Tortorich Podcast. The warning is that they really hold nothing back – if your ears are sensitive, it might not be for you – but I personally find them thoroughly entertaining. I also suggest reading Gary Taube’s BOOK – Why We Are Fat and What to Do About It.
Thanks for reading!