Last Monday I ran four single miles as "fast as I could" which is of course relative. Since I usually run much farther, I need to constantly be reminding myself to push it, the end is closer than I feel it is. The other reason I don't do as well as I could as I dislike (or have in the past) short distances, like those under 2 miles. I get all cranky about having to push it for a mile, so I don't try as hard as I could, or I get to the end and realize I could have tried much harder. I need to learn to suck it up.
- 7:41 (HOLY Guacamole!)
Today, Monday the 12th I ran 5 single mile repeats despite the fact that yesterday was my long run. I probably could have used a rest day, but in all honesty, I have group fitness the next 2 days and didn't want to fatigue my legs by running the same day. So, today it was.
I also took my new shoes for a test drive:
They are part of a move in my running that I will talk about later. You guys know I have been thinking about my form and HOW I run (you can read my post on my form and foot strike here) but I am also trying to move to a more minimalist running style. These are the first step, they are the Nike Free 7.
- 7:49 - The three times above are unheard of for me!
In 7th grade, ONCE, I ran a 7:14 min mile and I was told that it was a "short" mile at that. That was the fastest I had run in my Cross Country career, since high school I have been a solid 9 minute - ish mile when I race (anywhere from 3-13 miles). But even just running a single mile, fast for me is breaking into the upper 8's. I was FLOORED today when I got these times.
The first one I thought it was the same as before, I went crazy out the gate, but to hit the 7's twice more? I was more than happy...Maybe my race time on the 24th will be better than I am anticipating. Maybe it's the shoes, maybe it isn't JUST the shoes.