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.

4 comments:

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