Saturday, April 14, 2012
I wasn't going to run this morning. I haven't been as diligent about my training as I should be, but I'm working on that. I'm working a total of 9 hours today, all of it will be spent on my feet, finding excuses not to run were easy. However, I thought about the half marathon I want to run, and the kind race organizer who is trying to secure me a spot, in spite of my slightly over the time limit projected time. So, with little time to spare between my projected run finish time and the time I need to start getting ready for work, I put on my running 'uniform,' and went outside.
I saw The Hunger Games. I hadn't planned to because at the time I hadn't read the series, and I always read first. However, opening weekend coincided with my husband's birthday and he wanted to see it. I don't have time to go into a detailed review, but suffice to say I thought it was a good film and I LOVED the score. Not the additional album they released featuring songs inspired by the film, but the actual film score.
I've been running to the score ever since, it's 43:36 long so it's a nice 3 mile interval mark. I also try to challenge myself on my shorter runs to run harder when the music moves up in tempo. Or when I know they're running in the film. I had hoped to finish my 4.4 mile training run in about an hour and fifteen minutes. Well, imagine my surprise when I saw my time.
Or 14:51 per mile. I know I won't be able to keep up that pace for the half marathon, but it's quite an improvement and exceeds my own expectations for myself.