Over the weekend I did my first double digit run since the marathon and it felt really good. The weather temporarily dipped down into the 50s and made both days perfect for running!
This coming weekend I have the Fort Lauderdale half marathon on tap and I am really excited about it!
When I got home from my long run over the weekend, I started comparing notes from when I was training for this same race last year.
10-mile training run LAST YEAR: 2h 46mins (16:38 pace)
(Note: Mile 10 didn’t take me 29:28, it was more like 16:28. The app I was using went a little crazy, 2:46 was my correct finishing time.)
10-mile training run THIS YEAR 2h 17mins (13:44 pace)
Not only have I shaved off 29 MINUTES since last year but this weekend I finished feeling really strong and with plenty left in the tank!
Last year at mile 8 I remember being like, “ugh stick a fork in me, I’m ready to be DONE”
This year at mile 8 I was like, “hey, I feel really good, let’s speed this thing up!” Mile 10 was my fastest mile of the day (whoo!).
Last year I was really proud just to have completed 10-miles and to know I’d probably finish my first half. This year I’m excited to enter this race looking for a PR.
Progress in running can happen really slowly. Since we run every single day and make small strides here and there it can be easy to overlook the big picture gains. I’m glad I went back and compared this year to last year – it gave me a nice little mental boost.
Now I’m REALLY excited for the Fort Lauderdale half!
Sunday can’t get here soon enough.
This race will truly be a celebration of all the work I’ve put in over the last 365 days.
Whether I push the pace in the second half and go for a big PR, or I end up treating the race as a normal training run won’t matter… I’m going to PR either way since my easy pace is so much faster than last year. I think that’s really cool!!!! : )
I can’t wait to go for a drink with all of Fort Lauderdale!
… Of course this is all pending the test results of my biopsy which I think will come in today… Fingers crossed.
I hope you had a great weekend of running, too!
Did you watch the livestream of the NYC marathon? I wish every race was live streamed!
PS: Sorry if this entire post reads like a gigantic humble brag, but I was genuinely surprised at the difference in my running from last year to this year. I had forgotten what that first year was like!