I went out the other night for a timed run, only this time I didn’t run out of gas. I am still trying to break 40 minutes for a 5 mile run. Before starting my run, I decided that I wouldn’t look at my watch during the first half. I started off slow; I wanted to make sure I could finish strong. I listened to my body, speeding up and slowing down according to how my legs felt. Since I had my IPOD with me and was familiar with the playlist, I knew I was going at a nice pace. Maybe even my fastest yet.
When I made it to my turnaround spot, I estimated that I was in the low 20 minute range. With confirmation from my watch which displayed a time of 21:56, I felt pretty good and decided to keep going strong. I didn’t go nuts though, because I knew at this point I wouldn’t be able to make it. I would need to do the second half in about 18 minutes. To complete my goal, I need to make it to the turnaround spot in about 20 minutes.
After a few more minutes, I slowed down a tad; I didn’t want to get to the bottom of the hill like last time and feel like I was going to collapse. I reached that hill in a strong steady pace and made it upwards without any difficulty. Once I made the turn to the last part of my run and my watch said 44:30, I decided to go all out to try to beat 45:00. I came close, reaching the end in 45:26.
The most important thing I learned during this run was that I am able to listen to my body. I went fast, but not too fast. I slowed down when I needed to and I finished really strong. One of these days, I will break the 40 minute mark. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday.