My goals with Nick have been to be in the 9:20/mile and above range. This day, since I was running by myself, I wanted to average 9:00/mile which is just under my goal average for race day. Jenn, as usual, was shooting for her race goal of 11:27/mile.
It was a really beautiful day, but we were still cold when we started. The sun came out within the first couple miles and made our run really nice. Everything was going super well until about mile 4. That's when I started to get bored, and my mind started drifting. I've got this issue, and maybe I'm the only one, but I CANNOT think about finishing the run and going from running to walking. If I think about that, then my body just wants to shut down and walk. It seemed like that's all I could think about after mile 4. My goal of being mentally tough and learning to suffer was really tough for the rest of the run. It was nice to get to the turn around spot and then pass Jenn going the other way. She encouraged me a bit in the short 10 seconds that we could talk to each other. The rest of the run went much better as I got to the uphill part. I certainly didn't want to slow down, so I just pushed it to keep my average the same. I ended up picking up a couple seconds on the overall average and finished the run at 8:53 mins/mile! That made me feel pretty good. If I can do that over 9 miles, I think I can do that for 13.1 miles...especially if there's someone to keep my mind occupied. I really didn't want to use an ipod, since I feel like it's a crutch. Plus, I won't be able to use it on my half-ironman in August, so this will be training for that too.
Tuesday and today, I've been on the trainer. It's warming up, and next week looks awesome--sunny and in the mid 40's! Next week is Spring Break for me, so I may have to bundle up and get some miles out on the road with the ole bike!
By the way, Jenn smashed her goal on her 9 miler and did it at 11:07/mile!!! She ROCKS!