~ No More Pretending ~
It is just about 15 weeks until Marine Corp Marathon. Oh snap. Where is the time going? I am truly feeling excitement. Fun times in D.C.
The Inception seemed to have worked, so to any and all of you who got into my head, I thank you. Today, July 20th was my 1st official day of training. It went better than I could have hoped for. I was supposed to do a tempo run. A warm up ~ 3 at 9.22-9.47 and a cool down. But, as luck would have it, Coach Caleb wanted me to do a 5k time trail. This could be considered a tempo as well, except I really pushed it. Hard. So hard that I thought my legs would fly off. Thankfully, they stayed put.
I was a bit nervous about this run. I am really bad at pacing myself and that is something I need to work on, going forward. Armed with Coach Caleb’s instructions, I got out early enough to beat some of the unrelenting humidity that has been plaguing the East Coast for a while now. Still wicked hot. So 1 mile warm up easy and I was off.
I admit, at 2 miles in, I had to stop at the water fountain to slurp up some of the cold goodness, and get some much needed hydration. I clicked off Barney and after I drank, I walked for about 30-45 seconds. I didn’t time it. I was at 17.28 for 2 miles. That would be my fastest 2 miler to date. (8.44 min/mile) That last mile pretty much sucked all the life force out from under me. I ran my heart out. I ran my legs off. I just ran. I wanted to make Caleb proud.
Here are the stats:
3.1 miles 27.22 8.47 min//mile
Mile 1 8.56
Mile 2 8.34
Mile 3 8.55
Mile 0.11 00.56 (8.19)
I think I even made the old russian woman proud as I whizzed by her in the last mile. I am also proud of myself, because I worked hard and made it happen. My mind and emotions are finally, in it. I really wasn’t sure that would happen, you know, me feeling it. Wanting it. Loving it again. Slowly, it’s coming back to me. I’ve had a lot of angst over this one. More than you will ever know. Even starting having bad insomnia. Tossing and turning and generally feeling like poop.
Then you take that 1 step back and stay back there as long as you have to. I stayed back about 2 days. Then I stepped forward into the light, while being Inceptioned.
All good. My training plan is still being tweaked. One new thing that I have decided to incorporate into my training is speed workouts. But, haven’t you been doing speed workouts already Michelle? Yes. And it has been awesome. I am now ready for a change. So, next week I will be attending the Nike/Paragon Speed workouts on Wednesday nights. They do it over at the FDR and 6th St track. The pacers are right on and if that goes well, I will stick with that throughout my training cycle.
I am not thinking too far into the future, but I do have many plans formulating in my head. It makes me feel both very excited and a bit butterflies in my tummy. That’s ok, because the butterflies will keep me on my toes. Plus, I have my awesome butterfly tattoo on my left shoulder that always keeps me company and always makes me feel as though I could flutter away if I have to.
She’s a beauty, isn’t she? She keeps me safe on all my runs.
So, I really hope I can make you all proud of me. But, most importantly, I need to be proud of myself.
No pretending anymore. This is real life.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers