Today it was cloudy, dry and WAY too warm for my gloves…I wore them anyway.
I ran the Granville Island 5km Loop today.
Today’s list of excuses:
1. I prefer to run first hing in the morning, however today I had to wait for a delivery of a new washer/dryer between 9am-noon. As we all know, it was closer to noon.
3. I ate peanut butter. Stupid. I got to enjoy it for the entire run as I regurgitated it every step.
4. I prefer to drink coffee after I run, but because I was late(see #1), I had my full allotment of coffee, which helped dehydrate me.
5. My feet were sore and tired from bunion correction testing procedures.
Ok, on to the event.
I tried my very best to focus on technique today, although I again didn’t feel like running (see excuses above). Thanks to the extreme concentration on form, it allowed me to not think about the actual running. I made sure I was getting my knees up, as in the 100 Up technique, I find if I get my knees up it ensures I will land on the balls of my feet. Lifting your knees on every step not only takes concentration, but I feel it took a lot of extra energy as well. I exaggerated my forward lean to make sure I was coming down on my forefoot, and I desperately tried to get into a rhythmic pace.
I’m sure there was something deep inside of me attempting to run faster today, I am not a big fan of running for time, I really just want to concentrate on running better. However, I felt a little quick out of the gate for the first kilometer and tried to force myself to settle in.
Once I felt I was in a good pace, I looked at my watch (1.68km), I tried to keep this pace until I started feeling a little fatigued (3.15km), then focused on bringing it home, knees up, head forward, continued pace.
My body fought me the entire time.
Here’s the Data:
Kilometer Time Avg.Pace
2 8:34 4’23″/km
3 13:01 4’27″/km
4 17:39 4’38″/km
5 22:15 4’36″/km
NOTE: 22:15 is a new personal best, however its ONLY because I ran way too fast the first kilometer.