Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Effort gap between perception and reality

Today's run (street): 2.5 miles

Yesterday's treadmill run was a welcomed improvement over my prior three runs. This morning I got outside and ran in weather that seemed far colder than the 39 degrees that had been reported on the news. I didn't look once at my Garmin during my run as I worked to maintain a brisk pace. With the paces I've been running lately I wanted to avoid further demotivation by seeing my actual speed. I hoped that my perceived effort matched my performance and in the end I guess that was true.

At first I was disappointed that I'd averaged only 9:13/mi though I felt like I was running at 10K race pace. The important thing I realized was that late last week I was running a minute-plus slower per mile, due to the effects of giving blood. With one more run followed by two days of rest, I'm hoping that I will be close to race day potential by Sunday.

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