February 9, 2008

A better than great 7-mile run

I ran 7 miles on the Jordan River Parkway today, and it was a great, no, better than great, run! I not only added a mile to my Saturday run, having added a mile on Thursday too, but I ran it at a significantly faster pace.

During the first 1 1/2 miles while I was warming up, I ran a pace of 13-14. Then I ran the next 4 1/2 miles at a pace of 12:30 - 13. During the last mile, I ran the first half around 11:30, and I ran the last half a few minutes under a pace of 11 minutes. I had a high energy level during the whole run and felt fine during and afterwards.

The shade temperature was about 36 (F). I started the run with three layers but took off my nylon wind breaker and did most of the run with two layers. It was a little after 2 pm when I began the run.

2 comments:

robison52 said...

You're really improving, undoubtedly the weather and experimenting with different techniques (arm swing) is having an impact, but your consistency is still the key.

Allen said...

The key thing I go by in deciding how hard to push is my energy level. It has taken me the past three months to regain the energy level I had before my injury in November, and that injury was a minor injury. I've been able to run during the three months but at a low energy-level. Yesterday I felt great, and for a few seconds I had the feeling I've had in the past like I was cruising down a highway in my car. For me, that feeling is my "runner's high". I don't have that feeling very often, and it is nice when it comes!