This morning my Lifetime Run group had a change of pace (pun intended) and we went out for a long run instead of doing our Saturday speed work. I was thrilled with this. The temperatures here in Central Texas are finally starting to cool off and feel like fall; like perfect running weather. We met up at Brushy Creek Regional trail before the sun had even come up and the temperature on my Garmin said it was a chilly 59 degrees! There were about 10 of us that made it out this morning and after introductions, distance goals, and when the sun started to make its grand appearance, we were off.
It felt really good to be out there this morning. I ran with one of my running/work out buddies the whole time and we pushed each other through an awesome 5 miles that neither of us thought we would survive in the beginning. I love being able to run with someone else that has a similar pace to my own. I feel like I push myself harder to keep moving when I am running with someone, instead of behind someone. Lately I have been a “back of the pack-er” and honestly I still was this morning, but today it just felt different. I didn’t hit my 2.5 mile wall, my body felt good, I still love my new shoes and the temperature…. oh man did I already mention how great it felt outside? Well either way it was wonderful!
When I got a little past the 4 mile point I picked up my pace a little and started to feel like I could have gone an extra mile. Afterwards I wasn’t overly tired or sore and really felt like myself again. Even though my pace isn’t where it was this time last year, I can defiantly see where over time it will get better. And right now I’m pretty happy with just running and not looking to “beat” something. Improvement is great but just feeling like yourself again is priceless.
5 miles 59 degrees @ 7am
- Overall time 50:23
- Average pace 9:52
- Splits 9:56, 9:50, 10:13, 9:53, 9:29
- Average cadence 176