It's often said that the numbers don't lie, but do they? Tonight's run is a great example of the numbers lying. On paper it looks no different that any other run I've done over the past 2 weeks but it certainly felt better.
I've really made a concerted effort over the last few outings to start off really slow and keep my HR below 130 bpm in the early going. I was successful at this for about a half mile and felt pretty good. My form felt smooth and as I hit the first mile mark I was surprised to see that it was a lot slower than it felt at 10:49. Whatever.
Miles 2 and 3 also felt good but again were slower than they felt. This is what I enjoy about not seeing the constant pace feedback though. If I had my pace displayed real time I would probably stress out that I was slow but seeing it only at every mile split doesn't bother me one bit. Besides I felt good and was enjoying my me time. What more can you ask for?
It was a rather nice night out even with temps still hovering around 90 and there were quite a few others out running, biking and walking. I just wish more people would wear lights and/or reflective clothing. With the daylight almost completely gone by 7ish I don't think people realize just how invisible they are.
With the sun now gone it began to cool off a few degrees and I began to feel even faster. While my splits were somewhat faster during miles 4 and 5, it wasn't by a lot but I really thought I was flying. Everything felt great as I cruised right along; what more could you want?
I closed out the run with what felt like my best mile in a long time and I look forward to many more as training progresses. This also finished up March with 125.9 miles so I'm happily starting a new streak of 100+ miles in a month. With April come the addition of some speedwork and a couple of 5Ks. I'm excited to get to run fast and it will be a nice change of pace.
March total - 125.9 miles