Reaching for that Perfect Run

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Aug 01

Everyone has to agree that the best feeling as a runner is when you have the “perfect run”.  Everything gels:  your pace is solid, your legs feel strong and not heavy, and nothing can stop you…you feel your hard work paying off and you have no regrets! For me, this week has been the first in a VERY long time where I felt those perfect moments.

Last Saturday morning we had our regular Running Club run.  My boyfriend, my coworker and I ran together on our usual route, aiming for about 4 miles.  For once, the weather was working for us and just felt “perfect”.   And also for once, I was able to keep up with the boys beyond the first mile and a half.  I even passed them a couple of times! 

Here were my splits on Saturday:

  • Mile 1:  11:27
  • Mile 2:  11:02
  • Mile 3:  10:51
  • Mile 4:  10:41
  • Mile 5:  10:06

Negative splits???!  This never happens.  I’ve been chilling at 12 minute miles for some time now, so I’m genuinely surprised that I pulled this off!  While I felt good, I did push myself.  I kept telling myself to keep going as I listened to each footfall, somehow moving faster with each mile.  I’m just really proud of myself…I’m finally seeing results and I couldn’t be happier!

I ran on Monday too, just on the treadmill for my usual gym workout.  I kept a flat incline and gradually increased the pace until reaching about 11 min/mile.   I’ve kind of fallen off the burpee challenge, but I did my usual lunges, hip strengthening, and ab work.

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Then on Tuesday I had another Running Club run, this time with one of our new members for about 2 miles.  I don’t know what pipe we were smoking, but we started off REALLY FAST (for us).  We were at 10.5 min/mile pace within the first half mile.  It was craaazy!  We had to walk for about a quarter mile after that for his sake, then pick back up.  I was actually bummed because my legs were feeling great!  But I was glad to be there with him, and we had a good time.

I’m starting to feel like I’m back in the groove again!  I do have some imperfections that I will probably dedicate entries to (new pain in both arches), but so far, so good!