And Still He Dreams of 5K…

I went to the gym today, aiming to just do an easy 4-5 miles on the treadmill.

After all, my legs and hips were pretty much shot from the long run on Sunday, plus some easy mileage on Monday combined with a CrossFit interval training session.

I ached; I hurt.

You say “toe-MAY-toe.”

I say “my legs want to just die.”

Let’s call the whole thing off.

But, no, onward I went (sort of, since I was technically running in place).  I did an easy mile warm-up, and then bumped things up to a 6.6 MPH pace.  Two miles or so in, I was feeling pretty good, so I bumped it up again to 7 MPH, and in the last bit, up to 7.5 MPH.

If Ryan or Meb or Deena – or, hell, my friend Jennie – is reading this, I know, that isn’t terribly fast for you.  But it is for me!

In the end, I covered 5K (3.1 miles) in 26:29, a full 90 seconds off my pre-Miami Marathon best.

I could have gone faster.  Should have gone faster.

During my marathon training, I had a singular focus – sure, I dropped weight and my blood pressure improved and I felt better, but that was a by-product of the effort.

My aim was to finish a marathon under 5 hours, preferably in 4:40.  I had a goal at which I could aim in each and every run. I met at least one of them, felt great satisfaction, enjoyed some Miami nightlife (there’s no video evidence on my phone, but oddly I don’t remember actually filming it), and returned home a marathoner.

And then sort of just… ran… when I felt like it, as hard as I felt like running. So, not very!

My realization today was that I really have not been pushing myself like I should: I need to work harder, run faster, and reach for something new when I run.  I don’t just pound the pavement for health; I do it to better myself.  To see what this 38-year old body can still do after several years of neglect.

During today’s run, when it started to get difficult, when my breathing – and my legs – became heavy, I found that focus once again.

Odd that 3.1 miles taught me something that 26.2 made me forget.

And now, a little motivational music for the kids in the audience:

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Category: Fitness, Goal Setting, Running

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