The Fastest Pace My Garmin Has Ever Seen!

So, I had a whole different post written up and ready to publish today BUT instead I have to tell you about last night’s run!

I don’t have any pictures to share because I was totally focused….

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BAM.

Pretty sure my Garmin has never seen that pace before! 

My speedwork last night consisted of four miles: one mile warmup, one mile cool down, and two miles alternating 1 min hard, 1 min easy.

I was mostly running my hard intervals at around 9:15 – 10:30 pace but a few times I saw my pace dip into the 8:30 range and then coming down the bridge I totally saw it drop into the 7s!

HAD to text my coach right after!

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The lowest pace I saw was 7:55 but apparently I even hit 7:37 at one point! I’m sure it was when I was running the downhill of the bridge and had the wind at my back…. but I’ll take it! I mean, I really had no idea my body was capable of these paces at all!

The best part was that I felt really in control the whole time! This is a pretty big deal because I used to feel like a baby bird flailing about while learning to fly for the first time whenever I ran fast!

Maybe, just possibly, there is a faster runner deep down inside of me after all!

I don’t mind being a slow runner, somebody has to be at the back-of-the-pack, but maybe it doesn’t always have to be me!

So, last week I wrote about potentially dropping out of the Palm Beaches Half this coming weekend and the other day I made that decision final. My first DNS.

I’m now 110% focused on running my very best half in Miami at the end of January! 

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Photo Credit: Miami Marathon FB Page

I’m honestly feeling really happy about dropping out of Palm Beaches. I just couldn’t get myself excited about the race even after a good 11-miler last weekend and some great workouts recently.

Instead I’ll run an easy 14-miler this weekend, my longest run since the marathon back in October! 🙂 I can’t wait!

Happy Wednesday!

What is your #1 running (or workout) goal RIGHT NOW? Anyone going for a 5K PR before the end of the year?

44 comments

  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    That is so awesome! You are actually probably at a disadvantage living in Florida with no hills. The downhills are the best!
    Sounds like you are making a smart decision and will do awesome in your next half!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks, Lisa! The miles that I cross over the bridge are always faster than the flat miles so I think you’re right! That being said, I don’t really want a bunch of hills to move into my neighborhood either 😉

  2. Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom

    No 5k PR here before 2015 but a 10k! Absolutely!! The race I am running this weekend is going to be awesome! Half paved/half trail and I am going to PR!!! At least I hope so!! It is so awesome that you are seeing such fast paces!! I never knew I had it in me either until one race I ran the first mile in 7:35! Then 2 more after that (not that fast though). It is such an amazing feeling….you should be so extremely proud of yourself! It is not a fluke you are getting speedier by the day Kristina!!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Half paved / half trail sounds awesome! Go get that PR, Staci!!!

      I think so many times we do hold ourselves back… let’s do less of that in 2015 🙂

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Nice job, Kristina! It looks like your speed work is paying off. 🙂

    I have had several DNSs. All the cool kids do it!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I think it is!

      Glad I’m joining the cool kids table! I did sign up for a 5K to do later this month so I feel like it’s not so much a DNS as a swap! 🙂

  4. Jennifer

    WOO HOO!!!! Nice job Kristina – seven heaven!! 🙂 You will be Miami Famous pretty soon (is that still their slogan?)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Yes! MIAMI FAMOUS!

      I think they are still using it this year, I know they used it last year! 🙂

  5. Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    Hi, hello, that’s AWESOME! Congrats!

    My goal right now is to stay injury free through this marathon training cycle!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!!!

      You’re gonna do it and I can’t wait to follow along with the whole journey!!!

  6. running schlub

    Look at this speed demon here!!! Feels amazing to knock out some fast intervals doesn’t it, makes speed work with the hard work.

    I know your going to kill it in Miami, now it has your attention and your going to dominate that race. Hopefully no waiting at the bridges :).

    Goal right now is our first full marathon in February. We have some races until then but the marathon is the main goal.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      LOL that’s right! Speed demon! That’s me! HAH!

      It was pretty amazing. During the run there were a couple times that I was like “wait, I’m here already? It should have taken me a few more minutes to get here ;)”

  7. Hanna

    I got so excited seeing the title of this post I just had to read it right away! Eeeeek! That’s awesome! Way to go! You are making huge improvements in your running and it makes me so happy for you! NEVER doubt yourself. There IS a faster runner in there, and you are such a hard worker I know you can do whatever you set your mind to!

    It was probably a good call dropping your half this weekend, I’m glad you feel good about it. I just had a similar experience with dropping my 10K. Sometimes, we just have to recognize when the time isn’t right and set our sights on the next thing instead 🙂

    No 5Ks left for me this year, but I do have a 10K on New Year’s Eve – last chance for a big PR! I’m cautiously optimistic, though – last year the weather was terrible and I’m trying to prepare myself for the fact that I won’t exactly face ideal conditions. Trying to be accepting of things I can’t control and patient with my goals is my other big goal this year 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      You’re so right. I know I made the right decision (and you must have to) if we’re feeling good about dropping out of a race when we would normally be excited to race!

      PR’ing on NYE is the best way to toast to the successes of 2014. I’ve been thinking about signing up for a Resolution Run. I remember getting a couple of emails about them last year, but I haven’t head about any local ones yet!

  8. cheryl

    Awesome job–speed work really helps!
    I think it is a good call for the race this weekend. I can tell you are totally focused on January!
    Maybe that bridge has some redeeming qualities… 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hmmm *maybe* it does, the jury is still out 😉

  9. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    That is one of the best feelings in the world. You killed it! Speed work definitely pays off. I see many 7s, 8s, and 9s in your future. 🙂 I think you made a good decision about the half marathon and putting all of your energy/effort into your half in January. I have a feeling you are going to surprise yourself.

    My number one goal right now is to run my last marathon/race of the year on Sunday and finish with a bang!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      The countdown to CIM is on! I am really so incredibly impressed that you’re going to run another marathon in just a few days!

      I just hope there are more 9s and 10s for longer periods of time! Being able to hold for one and two minutes is the first step towards being able to hold for five minutes and longer so I’m on my way!

  10. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    AWESOME! My Garmin has never seen paces like that, either. I remember the days when I used to be able to hold an 8:15 or 8:30, however briefly, in a 5K…but these days, well, not so much. Haha. It’s SO exciting to see all your hard work and training paying off, and you are totally inspiring me right now. I have GOT to be more consistent about speedwork! WTG! 😀
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thanks, Jennifer! That’s such a compliment because you are always inspiring me!!

  11. Kim

    WooHoo!! Look at you getting faster and faster!!! I am convinced that any goal you set you will achieve because you are such a hard worker!!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, Kim! Whoo!

      Running fast makes me feel alive!

  12. Susan

    You are truly amazing! I am so happy for you!!
    My goal is always the same: run 3-4 times per week keeping my mileage where I like it to be and not get injured.
    That’s it. Sounds simple but there are many times I struggle with it.

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you so much Susan!

      I really like your simple goal and there are so many days when I ask myself *why* I want to race, run a 50-miler, etc. when I could probably be just as happy running 30-40 miles per week all by myself. Sometimes coming up with the answer is really difficult!

  13. Jess

    AHH! Congrats! (Seriously, you write the best blog post titles.) What a fantastic job, and your hard work has really been paying off lately 🙂 Glad to hear you made a decision on the upcoming half – sounds like a good one, and you can fully commit to training for Miami (plus, hopefully a new PR!).

    As you know, half marathon training is on my mind at the moment. I plan to talk more about my running goals for 2015 in a couple of weeks, but I’m hoping to break 30:00 in the 5K. I’m running a 5K this upcoming Saturday to set a baseline, which will almost certainly be a PR (my last 5K was around 12:00/mile pace back in…2012? 2013?). Here’s to big goals and crushing them!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Cheers to big goals!!!

      I know you’ve been wanting that sub-30 and 2015 is definitely going to be the year you’ll get it! You don’t have that much time to shave off!

  14. Bae @ the riley recap

    That’s awesome, CONGRATS!!! There’s nothing wrong with being in the back of the pack-trust me I’ve been there a LOTTTTT haha!- but it’s also really great when you see improvements and successes from all of your hard work. Super happy for you! 😀

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! 🙂

      I’m totally cool with being at the back of the pack, the people there are usually friendly and up for a chat, but moving up in the pack just a little bit to justify all the time I invest in training would be kind of nice! 🙂

  15. Amy

    Look out Miami, Speedy McSpeederson is running to town!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Hahahaha! Or something like that! 😉

  16. Lou @ Running Through China

    Awesome Kristina!!!! Thrilled for you!! You’re going to have a great race!!

    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      THANK YOU! 🙂 I’m feeling pretty good!!!

  17. Jenn @ Running on Lentils

    So awesome! Isn’t it awesome when you can see the results of your hard work and just totally exhilarating when your body surprises you?! Congrats!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      YES! It’s incredible! I didn’t mention it in the post, but I totally got a little teary eyed I was so surprised and happy. I’m not usually an emotional person, but running can make me super emotional! haha

  18. LeAnne

    That’s AWESOME!!!!! Congrats! I can only dream of times like that! Enjoy your weekend run. I’m not feeling excited about PB (lots of factors at play contributing towards that) but my running group will be there so I’m just hoping to have fun. Miami may not see me PR either but hopefully Miami Beach will 😉
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh no, sorry to hear that, but I bet your running group will make it enjoyable!

      I saw your email but have been swamped tonight with a million things to do, I promise I will email you back asap!

  19. Helly

    YYYYEEEESSSS!!! I’ve loved following you and seeing your progress! I’m excited to see how you do in January considering you’ve logged in some great runs lately!
    I really, really, really want a sub 4:30 on my next marathon (Feb).
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

      You are really, really, really going to get that sub 4:30 since you want it so bad! I know it! 🙂

  20. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Ooooh nice job!!! You are totally getting faster!! And you’re so diligent about running bridges…as you get faster I know you’ll keep at the speedwork etc and the next hing we’ll know you’ll be running in the 8’s for miles at a time!!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I’m really only diligent about running bridges because I have no other choice! Getting to the beach is really my only option for a medium or long run unless I want to stop at 50 million traffic lights! 🙂

      It will be a really long time until I am running miles in the 8s…. like it may never, ever happen, but I’m okay with that as long as I can see that number flash up every once in a while!

  21. Dana

    Congrats on the pace! That’s amazing 🙂 I can just see the PRs that you’re going to set in the future 😉 I might not get it, but I’m sort of hoping to PR at a 5k on NYE. My main goal right now is to just stay consistent with running 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!!!

      I hope you get that PR. If you stay consistent with running you will get it! 🙂

  22. Karen

    Awesome 🙂 I love seeing that quick pace! You are doing great! That’s the beauty of a Garmin and stats, they are motivating!
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  23. Lizzy

    That’s awesome!

    I feel like my only end-of-year running goal right now is to keep running. I’ve been traveling a ton and running around doing a million things and it has been way to easy to skip workouts… oops!
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