Thursday, March 22, 2007

Peaceful Easy Feeling

Today's run: 9.02 miles in 1:40:14, at an 11:06 minute mile pace. I was sluggish and my legs felt heavy, even though I had a decent carb load last night of Thai pad rice noodles and chicken, and this morning it was my usual pre long run breakfast of raisin bran with soy milk and coffee. I wasn't going for time, I was going for distance, so it's mission accomplished. Today the BiM site is down so I can't post the map, but I ran the bay path I usually run plus ran around Fiesta Island to fit in the extra 3 miles to complete at least 8 miles, which was my initial goal, but to get back to the restroom by the park, I had to run the extra mile.

The nice thing about running by the bay in the morning, especially the day after it rains, is that the air is crisp and clean. The air was cool, but perfect for running. It was quiet and I became lost in thought. If it wasn't for the mile marker beeps on my wireless run tracker bringing me back into reality, I probably would have ran even further. I had plenty to think about. I feel a great sense of calm and joy right now.

A friend of hubbie's wants us to run with him in the Carlsbad 5000 in less than a couple of weeks. The cool thing (if we do this race) is that I can actually run a chipped 5k, but I haven't been in 5K training mode. My 5k times are much slower than they used to be because I'm working on endurance and getting in those long miles. Perhaps that's something to think about for next year. I'd really like to PR at a 5K with close to an 8 minute mile pace. My best 5k pace was something like 8:15ish, and that was a few years ago. If I do the race, my 5k time pace would be somewhere between a 8:45 and 9:00 minute mile. We'll see.



chantal2bfit said...

Hey there! You should do the 5K! I'm sure you'll do extremely well. I'm doing one next Sunday just for fun. I know I'm going to be slow because I'm still doing my long run the day before. Plus, I've been training for endurance recently so I'd be lucky if I get in 10 mm.

KatieFeldmom said...


I feel a great sense of calm and joy right now. Awesome!!!!!

Irene said...

There's several 5ks in April, so if I don't do the Carlsbad 5000, I'll make it up later. ;)

Winner!!! That feeling is what we runners refer to as "runner's high." :)