The elusive sub-60 minute 10K? I did that!
I told you I was going to do it soon, didn’t I?
I ran a long slow 11.2 miles on Sunday and figured that surely, this time, I’d need several days to recover before I’d feel like running again. I did get a little tired toward the end of that run and the soles of my feet were a bit sore. This was, after all, the longest distance I’ve run since Victoria last October.
But this morning I was ready to go! It still amazes me, but I am finding lately that the more I push myself, the more I am capable of doing… provided that I’m always careful to listen to my body and back off or rest when I really, truly need to cut myself some slack.
Today I didn’t need any more rest! I went out to the flat waterfront stretch of trail where I have probably logged the greatest number of miles over the past few years. I know this section extremely well; I can simply relax and enjoy the run.
I planned to run west about three miles and back — no specific goals, just a nice run. But I ticked off the first three miles at a surprising 9:30 pace. So I thought — why not give it a go? I turned around at 3.1 miles and a time of approximately 29:30. I maintained the same pace for the next two miles but allowed myself to back off a bit in mile 6, which is slightly uphill. I finished the 6.2 miles comfortably in 59:30 — and I am one not-so-slow and very happy runner!
So, having finally achieved the last of those three big hairy audacious running goals — what’s next?
I want to get to the point where I can regularly go out and run steadily for two hours or more, and then feel like running again two days later. I want to settle into a comfortable cruising pace and maintain it for longer and longer periods of time. Right now my cruising pace, based on my last three long runs, is about 10:15 — which means that I could run a half marathon right now and with just a bit of pushing I could be in PR territory again.
I obviously don’t expect to extend that pace all the way up to 25+ miles. I expect to slow down a bit as I increase my distance — but I do hope to gradually and steadily increase my distance.
Right now I think I have two new running goals:
- Run a sub-2:10 half marathon (I’ll need a sub-10 minute pace to do that)
- Complete a full marathon (preferably in under 5 hours! I think that’s quite doable)
Yes, it seems I am going to register for a marathon! It was probably inevitable that I was going to do it. I’m not ready to actually pay the money just yet — but I’m spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about it, dreaming about it, fretting about it, and getting excited about it. The race I’m considering is still over six months away, so I’ll have plenty of time to feel my way toward those longer and longer runs.
I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile I’m going to put my feet up and let myself feel proud of finally vanquishing the last of those original seemingly impossible running goals.
Who knows what may become possible, one step at a time?