Every once in a while, I will grab my watch and see how much faster I have gotten since the last time I had a timed run. It has been a few months because of the heat since I have done this. When I do run with a watch, the watch will dictate how fast I will go.
Last night seemed like a good night to run with my watch. It was finally cooler at night. Instead of the 80’s the temperature was in the 70’s. I decided to go for it. Would tonight be the night, I finally broke the 40 minute mark for my 5 mile run.
The first mile started great. The wind was blowing, feeling good. I made it up the first hill in 5:10 and the first mile mark in about 7:45. I got up the second hill and made it to the 2 mile mark in 16:10. I thought I may have gone out too fast, but I still felt great. At the 20 minute mark, I made it farther than I have before in this time. I got to my turnaround spot in 21:15. The first half of this run is mainly uphill, while the second half is mostly downhill.
It must have been hotter outside that I originally thought. The heat started to get to me. I kept pouring water on my head and rubbing it on my face and neck to keep cool. In the past, I would have called it quits and this point and turned off the watch. Not this time. I kept going at full speed. My heart rate and breathing felt normal.
I got to mile 4 in 34 minutes. I knew I was not going to make it in record time so I slowed down to make sure I would finish. I reached the 40 minute mark at the bottom of the last hill. By this time, I was running out of gas. I slowed down to a jog and started up the hill. I turned off the watch and estimated I finished in 45 minutes.
I was not as disappointed with the run as I would have been in the past. I ran fast for majority of the run and I have full confidence I will break the 40 minute mark in the fall.
Have you ever made a mistake in judgment regarding your workout. How did it turn out? Have you repeated the mistake since?