Week of November 27, 2011:
I have a new running buddy! Christy and I went running two days over Thanksgiving weekend, and I think we’ve decided to train for the upcoming Armadillo Dash half-marathon together. It’s been really fun to have a buddy who is eager to run with me, despite the very chilly weather we had last Sunday.
When it comes to running buddies, compromise is often a necessity. I’ve told Christy that we’ll run at her pace, and it doesn’t bother me if it’s slower than I might run on my own. For the 2012 Dash, I’m not looking for a new PR; I’m just looking for the fun and health benefits of a good training season and then a fun race at the end. I know that running helps to lift my mood and keep me feeling focused, energized, and positive about life, and I need that now more than ever.
So speed demons we are not on our runs together. In light of that truth, I decided to hop on the treadmill last night to see if I couldn’t crank out two 8-minute miles. And I could not. I warmed up, and once I was running the 8-mile/min. pace, I realized just how hard it was. It was hard, y’all! I decided I could push through one mile at that pace, which was exciting. And then I was done. Whew! Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Have you had any good speed work-outs lately, dear readers? Any failed attempts to run faster? Does anyone else overestimate her fitness sometimes like I do?