Friday, October 12, 2007


Today I did get outside to run, but only three-ish miles. This morning I felt like I needed to divert some of my pent up negative energy (aka anxiety from work stress).

I decided to run two miles 'fast' (5K pace), trying to hold a pace or negative split, and then run easy coming home. And I was determined to do this outside and enjoy the scenery and fresh air.

Mr. Garmin says that I was mostly successful. Not sure why I slowed down on that second half mile segment, maybe because I had to cross the road?!? Anyway, I did what I set out to do which is a confidence builder in and of itself.

What's not so great is that I realized just how much I *don't* like running 'fast' (5K pace). That was supposed to be my 5K pace. After several months of longer slower runs, I don't think I could hold it up that pace for an entire 5K; at least I don't think I'd *want* to. On the other hand, that easy segment at the end was considerably more enjoyable.

This leaves me feeling like Goldilocks when it comes to running. A 5K is too short and fast. A half-marathon seems too long . So what (if any) distance is just right? Or is it just a matter of not being quite prepared again? Sigh.

I need to figure this out so that I know what I want to do next...


  1. Ya know, Lisa, there's a lot to be said for getting outside your comfort zone! Since I've been doing some speedwork, my "comfort zone" is a much faster pace now...

  2. Nice photo on the sidebar on your bike. Also some nice paces on the pickups.

    I hate a 5k--too short to feel good. But i have grown to love the half. Challenging enough that not everyone can do it. Satisfaction at the finish

  3. I like the 5k distance but only once I am properly warmed up. So I guess I like running about 5ish miles and then counting the last three. I have found I like 10+ miles the best. I don't really like 10ks because they are short enough that people run them really fast and too long for me to be fast at all.

    Those are total random thoughts from my head.

    Nice job on your run!

  4. I think that is why I like running for long distances, I hate going to fast.. To HARD..

    Just try mixing up the type of running you do, trails, hills, short and long.. It will help you overall, and you will find the distance you are comfortable in..

    Then take one more step beyond that.

  5. 10K or 10 miler might be up your alley.

  6. I love the new photos.
    I hate 5 Ks - too much pressure.

  7. Thanks for stopping by! I actually have read your blog before, I love it!

    I agree with Jess - a good 10K is a nice step up from 5K. 10 milers are good too, but I am so partial to the Half Marathon distance!!!

  8. Do you find a difference between running each of those lengths on a training run versus a race? I've never raced a 5k before but might try that as a goal for next spring.

  9. look great in the bike photo from Elephant Butte!! Look at you smiling on that hard bike course!

    I'm right there with ya on the running fast thing. I really don't think my body has any fast-twitch muscles :( But, running long and slow is more fun to me anyway :)

  10. I was going to suggest the same as Jess. Maybe a 10K or 10 miler? I also hate 5k's, way too hard.

  11. sometimes a run is jsut s run - you don't have to decide your next goal while you're unter such stress! BTW a) I hate 5ks as well and refuse to do them and b) LOVE THE NEW PHOTO!

  12. Yes, I do like your new photos. And if you can tell me how to change mine, I'd appreciate it! I have "changed" my photo six times now, but even after saving the "change" I still have that old photo! The only thing that reminds me of is how much faster I used to run. Anyway on the speedwork, I think we are all geared for different things: some people like running fast; others long and slow; and it seems like you are in the middle somewhere. So how about a 10k? You have to put forth enough effort to maintain a good pace, its not so fast and intense as a 5k, but its over before a half marathon distance too. Me? I prefer short and fast or the half marathon distance. I can't seem to get a good pacing down for a 10k. But you are doing great! Its more a matter of consistency than speed that will bring you around. So focus on being more consistent, and the speed will come naturally.