Sunday, March 6, 2011

Saturday Pace Run

Saturday I had a fabulous pace run.  I tried out my brand new Asics GT 2150s for the first time, and they were perfect.  Very comfortable,  no rubbing or blisters.  The only thing I had to adjust to was the weight -- each shoe is 2.1 ounces less than my Sauconys!  I decided to use the new shoes without the insoles.

Saturday it was about 59 and overcast/windy.  Hooray for running shorts weather!  My legs are in need of some sun or some bronzer/self-tanning lotion.

It was supposed to be a 5 mile pace run.  I planned to warm up, run 5 miles @ half pace (10:23-10:42), then cool down.  Except about .15 miles in, I realized I was flying at a 9:19 pace (what!?!?!) so I stopped and walked for a minute to reset myself then began running at what I thought was an EASIER pace.  That first mile ended up at a 10:37 pace.  So my warm up mile was...still within my goal pace range.

Here are all my times:

I was feeling pretty good at the end of the 5th mile and I guess as I had just run uphill and the ground was now relatively flat, I ran at a faster pace.  I decided to see if I could keep it up for a whole mile on not-fresh legs, and I could!  I then tried to slow down a bit as I headed home, but still had a pretty good pace for the last .76 miles...then I walked for about a minute the rest of the way to my apartment.

I tried to be sure to include some hills along my route to be at least a little like my April half marathon course.

This morning we got pastries from the local bakery for breakfast:

The one on the left is half of a raspberry currant croissant, the one on the right is half of an almond pastry covered in confectioner's sugar.  They are both delicious.  And I think our favorite two pasty offerings from the bakery.

I would LOVE to go for my long easy run today, but it's been raining since the wee hours of the morning.  It is raining buckets.

I think I will end up running anyway at some point.  Just hoping it will let up a little bit.  And actually, as I am typing this, it appears that it might be only a light sprinkle right now...maybe I will try to get my act together and get out the door.  I'll stick with my older running shoes today...not ready to get my bright white shoes dirty yet.

Thanks to those who weighed in regarding my race schedule question Friday night.  I think I have decided to sign up for the other half at the end of May.  Why not!?  It will be a bigger race than my April half, with more runners and more spectators, and a flatter course.


  1. It looks like you're getting really good at pacing yourself! That is no easy feat. I'm so jealous that you got to wear shorts! :)

  2. Great run! With your times, we would be great running buddies if we lived closer. I'm love Asics too.

  3. I think you are going to do incredible at your half's. I wish it was warm enough to be raining instead of snowing here.

    It mist be a law of nature. New shoes =crappy weather every time.

  4. Great pace run! I have trouble with those. You are great at it.

  5. Great job on your pace run! I tend to start out a bit fast too... unually because of excitement.

  6. I did see that you have the same sneakers as me! I loved the first pair, which is the pair I wore for my marathon. I have had a harder time breaking in my second pair for some reason, but I still like em and I PR'd on my half marathon in December with the second pair, so they must work!

  7. Ah they're so white! I love when shoes are really white, but the man says they look like I don't use them that way. : \

  8. Nicole & Nicki - Thanks! I think I've gotten a little better at running at a consistent pace, it is tough though! I definitely rely on my watch.

    Run with Jess - Thanks! that would be awesome! I haven't found anyone near by who runs around my pace.

    Kathleen- Thanks, I hope so! The other law of nature is that new shoes won't stay looking new for very long :(

    Heather- I have that excitement problem too.

    Brittney- I'm 61 miles in on these shoes, and I love them so far!

    Alison- I like them really white too. I think I need to find dark shoes so I don't get sad when they get dirty...haha.


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