Last week was the first week where I felt like I could call myself a runner. Up until recently I have always considered myself someone who runs not a runner. To me this is an important distinction. I’ve always considered myself someone who is out for a run; I was training to survive a part of the sport that I enjoy. Running fast isn’t something that comes naturally for me, I am someone who seems to be able to run for a longish time but I am not getting anywhere fast. When I ran cross country in high school I was near the back of the pack, I was never close to the middle or front of the race. Before starting triathlons, I competed in white water kayaking, didn’t need to run at all, which suited me just fine. I’ve always considered a runner as someone who is able to run fast, go far, improve over time and have fun doing it. Up until last week, I never considered this to be me.
Last Tuesday I went out for an hour long run. The goal of the run was to go for an hour at an easy pace. I failed in terms of sticking to the goal of the workout but I probably had one of the best runs I’ve ever had. I started the run out at my normal slow pace, warming up and letting my legs loosen up. As my run progressed I noticed something kind of strange, I was running at a faster pace than normal and I was feeling great! By half-way through the run I decided to see how fast I could finish 10km. When I hit 10km, I was impressed to see that I had finished it in just over 58 minutes. I can’t even remember the last time that I ran 10km in under an hour. I know there a lot of runners who do this all of the time but for me it’s a huge accomplishment. What really impressed me about this run is the fact the first half of it was slow, I was running at my warm up pace for a while and was still running at a pace that would lead to a 10km in more than an hour. That means I was able to hold a fast pace for a good length of time.
I was great having a run where I felt so good. It helped show me that all of the work that I’ve put in over the winter is paying off. It’s been hard to measure any improvements with the old treadmill we have. I am hoping that this will lead to better results in Mont-Tremblant this summer. Last year I blew up in the last 10km of the run. Hopefully this year, if everything goes well, I’ll be able to finish strong and set a new PB. Anyways time to get back out there and keep training.