November 9, 2015
Today did not start out great. My stomach hurts. I do not know whether I ate something that disagrees with me or I am having a repeat of my gastrointestinal distress that persisted for most of last year. I think I will just put it down to a bad morning.
Today’s Boeing 5K is a prediction run and even though I feel a little off, I always feel like I should be able to run around 8:00/mile, or a little under, as my 24:47 would indicate. (3.1 x 8 = 24.8 = 24:48)
Besides my stomach distress, I am having some “breathing distress.” This is not to say that I am having trouble breathing, in general, but more of the ilk that I am maybe running out of my comfort zone.
On the one hand, you don’t want to run beyond your capabilities, but on the other hand, you want to push yourself a little bit, too. Mile 1, despite this, is pretty close to my predicted pace, 7:55.
The Boeing prediction runs are funny, because they don’t stop you from wearing your watch. I suppose if you predict a time well above what you are capable of, you could run a decent time and then hang around near the finish and hit it pretty close on, whereas I usually try to predict what I think my maximum effort (for that day) is and predict that time (and hopefully come close).
My halfway time should be 12:23 or so, and I come through in 12:19. Whoo hoo! That gives me 6-7 seconds leeway for the return trip. (Joking. 6-7 seconds is within the margin of error.)
I do struggle slightly on the way back, running a 12:38, and finishing in 24:57. Still, any time I can do around 8:00/mile (nowadays), I am pretty satisfied.