well... because the longest distance i've run in the past 8 weeks since being back at it has been 10mi. so signing up for a 15K made me nervous, and i thought i should probably train a bit before tackling that distance.
monday's are my running rest day, but i still go to crossfit and then i sit around on my bum the rest of the day. lol! today i felt pretty good and took off running. out of the gate is about .25mi downhill so that certainly helps my first mile pace.
by the time the 2nd mile beeped at me i glanced at it and noticed it too was under an 8 min mile! i kept pushing at it all the while realizing that while it felt hard it didn't feel impossibly so. usually when i run a pace like this it is in a race setting (hence the "race pace" speed for this run) and for some reason i feel so much worse than i was feeling at that moment. so i kept pushing and pushing.
|no i don't know what i was doing with my face...|
i ran up the hill just after mile 2 and then steadied my pace on the flat after that. i thought for sure mile 3 would be slower (it felt slower), but it proved to be the best mile yet. i finished this short run feeling spent but really really good!
i guess there's something to be said for shorter distances. hmmmm who'd a thunk it?
strava data here.