WAA Day 3 Cold and Rainy

This morning I woke up and did a 5 mile run.  Not just a 5 mile run, but a 5 mile tempo run.  Not just a 5 mile tempo run, but a 5 mile tempo run in the mid 30s.  Not just a 5 mile tempo run in the mid 30s, but a 5 mile tempo run in the mid 30s and steady rain. 

Okay, confession time.  I am not really one to head out the door with a mind on what kind of run I am going to be doing unless I am doing a speed workout.  I just go out and run whatever pace was comfortable to me and when I got done I would check my speed and give it a name that I thought fit it.  Last night while “powdering my nose” I was reading an article in Runner’s World about finding your perfect pace.  It explained that most runners can use their perceived exertion to determine what their pace is.  It also explained that a tempo run should be at an effort that will allow them to only get about 2 or 3 words out whenever they try to speak.  I used that on my run today.  Actually I kept trying to repeat outloud, “Testing, testing, one, two, three” as I ran.  It worked pretty well.  Most of my 5 milers recently have been pushing the 1:10 mark.  Today I kept myself at a tempo run pace and came in at 1:04.  Would love to get that back under 1:00.  That is where it was two years ago at this time.  So that will be a goal for me. 

So today I ran 5 miles with .63 in warm-up and cool-down and took Tillie for a .52 mile walk.  That is 6.15 more miles towards Walk Across Arizona.  🙂

6 Responses to “WAA Day 3 Cold and Rainy”

  1. patmonahan Says:

    great start. I’m behind too, but I’ll add some miles on today. I might do a tickler too. I had one of those awhile back.

  2. K80K Says:

    I have to admit that the challenge has been great for my motivation. Hopefully it will last. 😀

  3. Jeff Says:

    Great run, Katie. Pretty much run all the time at “tempo.” Feel like if I run slower, it’s almost half way between running and walking. Doesn’t feel natural.

    I’m already 10 miles behind you. Oy!

  4. K80K Says:

    Yes, but you have 20 milers in your future…I have nothing more than 10-milers. 🙂

  5. marathonerintraining Says:

    That is some great running, after reading your past couple of blogs. Great Job, Keep it up.

  6. K80K Says:

    Thanks. 🙂 I have felt really good since I got home from Disney and I think it is starting to show in my workout effort.

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