I got ready for my run and headed outside. Gorgeous weather, like whoa. 70 degrees, breezy bordering on windy, low humidity. It's almost like I dialed up this weather. I had 5 miles to do with 4 @ 8:15 tempo pace. I started out and ran the first mile (warm up mile) at a slower pace. I looked down at my watch around the 1 mile mark, and was bummed to see that I must've missed the "chirp" and mile time. The first tempo mile was all over the place. My legs are used to running 9:23 pace and 7:00-7:30 pace for speedwork. 8:15? What the heck does that feel like?? I figured I would run what I felt like 8:15, and reassess at the 2 mile mark. The end of the first tempo mile came and went without a chirp from the Garmin. And then I realized, I was an idiot. I took a couple of seconds to reset my watch. After some quick calculations (which are always 100% wrong while running, I've come to realize) I thought my tempo mile was ~8:20. So I sped up.
The rest of the tempo miles felt less comfortable than I remember them feeling, but my pace was all over the place, and my garmin's pace wasn't helping either. Pretty sure I'm not running a 10-11 minute mile here.....turd. The last 3 tempo miles were much faster than I had planned, which makes me feel good that my tempo pace doesn't hurt as much as I thought. Also, after I got home and had time to do some simple math with oxygen in my brain, I realized that the first tempo mile was actually spot on, soooooo I should've kept going with that, instead of kicking up the pace.
I did 5 miles in 41:53 for a pace of 8:23. Avg. tempo pace = 8:03
Goal for next tempo run: find the tempo pace and stick with it.
"One of these things doesn't belong...one of these things just isn't the same...."
Answer: dirt. And sweat. Oh so much sweat. All I need is the red and teal versions (made especially for zappos.com) in order to complete the Nimbus 11 family. Loyal like whoa. :)
P.S. Honestly, who makes a flower-like arrangement out of their running shoes??? freak.
And also, to further celebrate National Running Day (along with the fact that I got paid on Friday) I registered for all the races that have a June deadline (I only get paid once/month. Yes it sucks royally. Luckily I'm a credit counselor and know how to budget my $$$ [more like $] to a T!) I signed up for a local 1 mile + 5k for 2 1/2 weeks and another 5k in 4 1/2 weeks. With a half marathon squeezed in between. I guess I am listening to the shoes already. At least they seem to be a good influence so far. ;)