OK, so I don’t have a friend named Molly. But I’m a sucker for anything that rhymes. Consider the title, however, as an exclamation of something good. Because something good happened this morning.
When my alarm went off this morning (and yes lately my alarm has been waking me up. Maybe I should go to bed earlier?) I debated whether or not to hit the gym. And no, it’s not because of the weather; it was 55* and partly cloudy. Perfecto. I have this self-doubt complex where I don’t think my body can handle doing any speed work on it’s on. It needs the TM as a crutch. Which I know is stupid because I just did a couple really good tempos where I questioned my potential a few weeks ago. But there you go: mental roadblock.
After berating myself for trying to wimp out and head for the gym I told myself that I needed the mental toughness, if nothing else. I was originally going to do a ladder-type workout with more shorter stuff but since my campus is small I took advantage of the one lap = one mile. Or so I thought.
After the warmup I noted that it took me a little longer than I thought it should but shook it off as I was just tired and not warmed up. So first mile: 8 minutes.
WTF?! I definitely was going a hell of a lot faster than that! Well, maybe my legs weren’t warm for the first part of that lap
Mile 2: 737. Eh, better but not where I want to be. Same with Mile 3: 737. Both of these miles I chalked up to noticing a slow down, catch myself, speed up routine.
Mile 4: Going to go balls to the walls. 728. UGH. Not where I want to be.
Now I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. Apparently the one lap = one mile is not for the way I ran it. There’s no real concise way to explain it so I’m not going to but the way I was running my lap made one lap = 1.1(5) miles (I’m so conservative when it comes to distances that even though mapping the lap online says 1.15 I rounded down to 1.1). So when I converted my pace to min/mile they were:
Much much better because my target paces were 700-715. Now I know I’m not as speedy as some of you who read this (Matt, Jess and LARunner come to mind immediately) but I was so elated when I realized that my splits were fast!
As a couple of you pointed out, I might have been better off with shorter repeats, most common advice was 400s and 100s, but I really needed this for a mental boost. Rest assured that I had a serious internal debate and took all of the advice to heart — well not so internal as I wrote out a pro / con list! And major thanks for go-to 5k training work, I have another one (well tentatively) in early November that I will definitely incorporate this stuff into.
I now need to remember to A) warm up hardcore before the race (I was thinking running the course leisurely) and B) keep my mind of the race. Too often I find my mind wandering and BAM my pace is shot.
So I’m still pretty nervous about the race, simply because it’s my first. But I should be ok. Provided that my legs recover in time. Heh, kind of funny. Except not.
And like many of you told me: HAVE FUN. Now tell me you can’t watch / see/ imagine this and tell me that it is not the most joyous occasion on Earth. I get giddy listening to that music and my friends and I are definitely planning a major trip.