... with an early a.m. run. Let's get the sweat going, get the difficult to-do item check off the list, and get the endorphins doing backflips and jumping jacks in your system.
I need to go to bed at an earlier time so I will be able to roll out of bed at a decent hour, which is at the crack of dawn, to go for a run. I think this is the only way to beat the heat. I finally caught some shut-eye around 2 a.m. this morning, got up at 6:15 a.m. and got ready for a run. Nothing too crazy - just 3 miles.
It is easier to run faster on the treadmill. You get the treadmill set to a certain speed and you just keep at it, putting one feet in front of the other. On the road, out in the open, I am left to my own devices and speed - which isn't quite that speedy. I tend to slow down a lot and get in a comfortable pace. None of that today! My secret wish was to go faster than 11:00/mile.
The first mile was a little tough. I made several attempts to glance at the Garmin. My pace was hovering between a mid 10:00/mile to a mid 9:00/mile. Sweet! I also tried to remind myself to save some energy for the remaining two miles. At Mile #1, I realized I didn't turn my Garmin on. Never mind.
It wasn't an easy run. I had to focus on breathing and I was running out of breath. The legs were feeling it. But I kept going. It helps when there are "spectators" around. There were some men out working on a roof. An old man was outside getting his morning papers. The trash truck was making its rounds around the neighborhood. Random vehicles passing me. It helped to keep me keep running. Here are the splits for the 2 miles I had my Garmin on: 9:59:22, 9:47:96. Lovely. Under 10:00/mile. I figured my 1st mile was at an approx. 10:00/mile pace. Fartleks with Aneta is paying off!
How do you push yourself to run faster instead of settling at a comfortable pace?