Unfortunately, despite charging it last night, my garmin was not up for the 8 mile run today and crashed almost immediately. Grrr.
Fortunately, the run was good despite my missing running buddy. I ran an approximately four mile loop and then a three mile loop and then one of my measured miles that I use for speed work. From what I can figure out from MapMyRun, I ran around 8.5 miles and averaged a 9:45ish pace. I did the last mile in 8:45!
I haven’t felt this strong for a long run in a long time. I made one major change – I ate more last night and then had a snack about 15 minutes before I ran this morning. Instead of feeling like the running dead, I felt great the whole time (well, except for a quick race to the bathroom at the end of mile 4). It was finally cool here today and I ran in capris and a long sleeve tech shirt and was quite comfortable. I did realize why I love the garmin so much, though. 1)The numbers give me something to think about while I’m running and 2) I can run wherever I want and know how far I’v gone. Today I had to run some known loops and it was a bit of a boring run.
I’ve been feeling antsy lately. I haven’t had anything really big going on since I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m happy that my life is pretty normal and stable, but I need to have something to occupy me. To that end, I’ve made a few short term goals to get me to the end of the year. Then I’ll start training for… something. Whether that will be a marathon or a series of half marathons, I don’t know yet.
Short term goals:
1) PR at the 5 mile race on November 1
2) Get a personal best at the Turkey Trot (I’m unlikely to PR as my PR was on a flat, fast course and the TT is super hilly.
3) Complete a minimum of 1030 miles for 2009 (I’d like to do more, but this is the number I’ll hit if I keep up the 20 mile weeks. Beer Geek has three weeks of travel coming up, plus the boys are out of school for various holidays, etc, so increasing much is probably out of the question).
4) Go to the county gym at least once. I need to see if it is a viable cross-training option.
So, what are your goals for the rest of 2009 and have you started thinking about your “A” race(s) for the spring?