This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Work is getting in the way of running, but it is the way it is.
However, I was still going to run at lunch. Unfortunately, when I stepped out the door, I almost lost my hat to wind and the pound rain drenched me before I got to the truck. Yeah, treadmill time.
I really wasn't sure about what I was going to do until I finished that first quarter mile.
Surprisingly, I was feeling pretty good and decided to do some race pace work. That 6:40 to 7:00 range that I want to run on the 16th. Yes, believe it or not I actually signed up for a race this year :-)
I know I am not in real race shape yet, I want to get an idea of where I stand and the 16th will give me a nice baseline for the rest of the year and I went for a fast course, but a smaller race than I could have. I just ain't into big crowds.
So I cranked the speed up to 8.6 and took off.
That felt good, at least the first couple miles at that the sub 7:00 pace (8.6 mph), but when I bumped it up to 8.7 that small increase made all the difference and needless to say that last half mile was yech and that is the best I can say about it was that I finished.
Gotta loose that extra 10 pounds I am carrying around, it definitely is slowing me down. Not that being another season or two older has anything to do with the suck feeling when I am attempting to get up to faster speeds.
If I had kept it at 8.6 mph I probably could have done better, but it is also that mental game with me, when I get to the 1.75 to 2.6 point of a 5K - I typically loose my focus and don't want to deal with the hurt locker and that is where I loose my goal times. This is what I have to work on and doing these treadmill fast 5K's do seem to be helping me deal with it. I know that I have it physically, but now to get there mentally.
I also ran in my N1 Roads v2's and I just felt a lot more comfortable running faster in them than I do in the N1 Tri's, it is the way the upper feels and how my heel feels more locked down in the Roads. Both are great shoes and I can run faster (for me) in either pair, but for me and the way I run the N1 Roads just feels more secure.