Ass-kicking run

This morning, I woke up to just over an inch of snow on the ground.  I was not pleased. BUT, I had my coffee and oatmeal, and then headed over to the Fanno Creek trail to meet up with Junk Miles.

We set out in the cold, and although I knew we were running faster than my usual pace, I was pretty surprised when my Garmin notified me that we’d done the first mile in 9:35. That is wicked fast for me, lately.

Each mile was successively slower – when we finished, her Nike + said we’d done 5.3 miles in 10:40 averages, and I had 5 miles at 11:04 averages. Obviously, hers was more positive 🙂

I’d be pretty pleased with the 11 minute mile average, though! That’s the fastest I’ve maintained any distance over 2 miles since I started running again in September. I have two 2-mile runs with an under 11 minute mile pace, and my 5K race I did in October was 10:15 minute miles, but that was a race!

So – I’m pretty pleased to know that I can run an under 10 minute mile without dying, and that if we’d started a wee bit slower (20-30 seconds), I think I could’ve maintained that pace for even longer. At 5 miles, I was pretty much done, though – my knee was getting sore, and I don’t want to irritate it too much.

Next weekend, she’s going to come to my ‘hood, and we’re going to do the beautiful park run – I will not try to maintain 10 minute miles on those hills! I love running with people who are faster than me, because it really makes me push myself harder than I do alone – but I do feel a little bad when I can’t maintain the pace.

The rest of the week, I’m just going to concentrate on getting SOME kind of workout in every day – and trying to survive my 1st five-day workweek in many, MANY months. Hopefully I can do it.

18 responses to “Ass-kicking run

  1. Excellent run gazelle runner!!!

    My toe and myself are proud of you!!!

  2. Great work! We’ll get to 10 min miles again someday!

  3. You never need to feel bad with me! I LOVED our run today. Every single second of it. Even when it was in boring Beaverton!

    • I’m glad you had a good time, too! Although anytime you need to run ahead & leave me, DON’T FEEL BAD about that, either. Sometimes just starting together is enough….

  4. WOOOO awesome job 🙂

  5. Congrats! Don’t you just love it when you reach a goal? (Even if you hadn’t actually verbalized it yet?)

  6. Sounds like a lot of fun! Good job on the 5.3. that is a nice pace.

    • I’m not sure I believe we went a full 5.3, even if that makes me look faster. I’m still pleased with my 11 min mile pace, though!

  7. You will get there, but it is awesome to be able to enjoy running with people you like. Isn’t it? I love that you guys run together.

    • It is fun to run with others sometimes, isn’t it? There are days when a long, meditative run is the way to go, but other times, having someone there gets you through the hard parts.

  8. Yay, I’m so glad you finally found the Fanno Creek Trail! 🙂 Great run dude.

    • We only HALF found it, we completely lost it after the first mile. I think next time, we’ll start at the trail head you started at & hopefully do a little better!

  9. Sounds like you and Junk Miles had a fantastic run!!!