July 3, 2009

I've Lost What Little Speed I Had

To recap, I had a baby in October of last year. I got back into running in February of this year (4 months after baby), hurt my back in March, and just started running again the other day.

I've never been fast. I am well aware of that. In the peak of marathon training (Nov/Dec of 07) I ran a 5 miler at 10:11 a mile, which was pretty fast considering I had started off training never having run before (in my life) and quite a bit slower ;) But now I am running closer to 12 MINUTE MILES! I cannot believe how much slower I am and its a bit frustrating, to say the least.

Training Log
Time:33:57   Distance:2.85 mi   Pace:11:54
Despite the 12 minute pace, I actually tried to run faster this morning! And sadly, I thought I had until I saw my stats at the end of my run. Its true that I run through city streets and do have to make some small pauses for intersections and traffic, but I dont make a 1 minute pause per mile. Maybe a few seconds. If I want to be very generous I could probably trim 30 seconds off each mile. That still leaves me getting beat by a sloth in a footrace.

Runkeeper has my mile splits at 1)12:05, 2)11:23 and 3)12:18. I wish I could argue a flaw in the data but I know I cant. I guess I have some work to do :(

On a better note, I have been feeling pretty good mentally about my runs. I do not get a lot of free time lately (as in, time without a 22lb baby on my hip) and the runs that am doing now are a nice little break from my routine. Maybe thats why I am so slow? Im trying to stretch out my "me time"? Nah, lets face it. I'm just slow.


Jess said...

There's nothing wrong with that pace, and it will probably take some time to get back to your faster 10 min speed.

Sarah said...

I think that you are doing great!! It took me quite a while to get back into the swing of things after my babies. Just keep at it! :)

robison52 said...

You're doing well, you're suppose to start off slow during a time-off. Don't get discouraged, just keep plugging away, you'll be back to running fitness soon enough.

RunToFinish said...

oh amen to losing speed! there i was getting faster and then whoops injury time..oh well you know what I am just so happy to be running I'll worry about anything else later!

thanks for the super kind words about my kitty last week