It's been 3 days since the training marathon, but I decided to chance running some mile intervals today.
I have a very tight medial hamstring in my right leg, causing so much pain in my knee that I can barely walk. But when I run, I can't feel it at all.
My plan was to run 6 x 1 mile intervals like usual. During my first interval, something strange happened. I started using my arms to help me along. It just came naturually. And I felt more like a running machine than my usual awkward self. A 6:30 pace with arm pumping became easier and more efficient than my 6:45 pace without. To make a long story short, in the 3rd mile everything came together and I ran a mile PR of 6:21 (!). I have run miles faster in races, but I have never officially timed them. So this is my PR by default. My next mile was in 6:48, so I didn't completely ruin my chance at running the rest. But by that time, my knee was hurting, so I had to stop the intervals.
A mile in 6:21 doesn't sound that fast. (and a lot of you probably hate me for writing that, but when I have run a 5k in 19:20, it's not that fast). BUT in the fall, I could not get myself to run ONE mile interval in less than 7 minutes in practice, let alone many in a row.
But what am I training for? This question was posed to me by my running friend, Mette, who just amazingly ran a 10k PR in 38:50. Well, there is the easy answer: I am training for the 15k on Saturday, the 80k Hells Hills in Texas and The Copenhagen Marathon at the end of May. But then there is the real answer: I am training to just be BETTER.
Here are my physical categorical goals:
Running: faster at all distances (except less than 1 mile... I've given up on that)
Swimming: Go for a 30 lap PR once a week (I tought myself to swim now 5 years ago and since we have lived in Denmark, I have gone from a fastest time of 45 minutes to 37 minutes (two days ago)... I alternate using that between-the-legs floaty thing and not to strengthen my arms)
Biking: Become less afraid of dying. Be able to ride an Ironman distance.
Looks/weight: more lean, stronger abs, no pimples, more tan :)
The one immediate numerical goal I have is to run the 15k in less than 63 minutes.
I guess I could talk about emotional and mental/metal goals, but you would all fall asleep (if you haven't already).
Running song of the day: Tik Tok by Ke$ha (sorry, it's intervals, I just need something fast)
Photo from Mount Royal, Frisco, Colorado.
"Children are fascinated by the ordinary and can spend timeless moments watching sunlight play with dust. Their restlessness they learn from you. It is you who are thinking of there when you are here. It is you who thinks of then instead of now. Stop. Let your children become the teachers and you the student" - William Martin