This weekend, I went out for my last long run before the Donna half. Eleven miles. Not too terrible, but I wasn’t really looking forward to it either. I’m a slow runner! 11 miles takes me a long time.
So I decided to go out and run and not worry about pace. It had been a long weekend and I had been on my feet the night before at the Ulman Cancer Fund event, so who knew what this run would bring.
I queued up a few episodes of Zombies Run and also listened to some of The West Wing Weekly. (Basically, I let the Zombies Run episode play, and instead of playing music, I play the podcast and when the Zombies Run episode interrupts, I pause the podcast with the control on my headphones. I don’t like to listen to music when I run. Podcasts let me still hear the sound around me.) I have to say, all these years later, I still love Zombies Run. Definitely a creative story, though I keep the zombie chases turned off because they are creepy. I may sign up for one of their virtual races to get the added content.
So I basically just ran and paid no attention to pace. I knew that I was running at a good pace, because I checked my watch every mile so I didn’t miss my turnaround point, but I didn’t focus on the pace itself.
By the time I was done, I was sore. But pleased to be done. Still wasn’t paying too much attention to my pace. When I finally got home and uploaded my data, I realized why I was so sore. I had run about 30 seconds per mile faster than I had on my previous week’s ten mile run. I was closer to my anticipated race pace than I was to a training pace. And yet I didn’t feel like I was pushing all that hard.
Just goes to show what can happen when you get out of your head. Now to see what happens at my race in just under two weeks. Maybe I’m better trained than I thought.