Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What's wrong with me?

Last night I hooked up with my running group - whom I haven't run with in months. It was so good to see everybody and run with people again. Unfortunately, I can not keep a pace to save my life. I was supposed to do 6 miles total w/4@ 9:25 pace. Sounds easy right? Then how could I have fu#@ed it up? This is how it went down: warm up: 1 mile @ 9:28 plyometrics w/light jog: 15 minutes Mile 1: 8:35 (185 bpm) RI: 1:49 Mile 2: 9:18 (179) RI:1:32 Mile 3: 9:36 (178) RI: 1:11 Mile 4: 10:14 (178) stopped early to get a drink because I was so parched cool down: 1 mile @ 10:07 I went out way to fast (like always). I think this time I'll blame it on the plyometrics. They really get your fast-twitch muscles moving and I guess it was hard for me to gauge how fast I was actually going until about 4 minutes in and then I knew I was toast. Of course by the time you know it- it's already too late. I tried to slow down but I was still about a whole minute too fast. I hade to take a Rest Inteval because my heart rate was out of control and I still had three more mile to get through. As you can see each mile got progressively slower and my heart rate was out of control. At least the RI went down with each mile. I really need to get this pace thing figured out. BAD!

13 comments:

SinGal said...

Grrr I HATE runs like that. All you can do is put it behind you, learn from it, and move on to your next run.

Sorry you had a crappy run! :(

Missy said...

I hate it and when you're with others it totally blows! I can't remember, do you have a garmin? Listen to your HR! If 185 is sustainable for you, great. But if you peak out that high in the first mile, it can spell disaster! I'm sorry.

the gazelle said...

it can be so hard to be consistent for stuff like this! It's always a learning process, right?

Hi! I'm Erin said...

Tempo runs are one of the hardest things for me to do. I think I had ONE good one the entire time I was training these past few months. And even that one I was going too fast. I think it's going to take awhile to be able to feel your pace and hit those times consistently. I still can't do it.

joyRuN said...

This is why I'm useless without my Garmin - perceived exertion means nothing to me!

Sorry, girl :(

Jamie said...

I feel your pain - I was all over the map today too. I don't know why after so many years trying I can't get a stinkin tempo run done correctly!

D10 said...

Somedays you are just off. Way to hang in there. Every run makes us stronger.

Alisa said...

I'm not consistent either! It's so annoying! I know lots of people hate the treadmill but one thing I like about it, is that it helps me find what certain paces feel like and also helps consistancy =).

You'll find your pace!

Amanda said...

I had the exact same kind of tempo run yesterday: starting out too fast, then finishing up too slow...pacing is tough!

Sarah said...

You'll get it! It happens. My run tonight - ball sack. But I know I'll recover and run again - on saturday!

Amy said...

I have no advice for you, not that you asked, because I can't pace either. I think you did great though!!!! Practice will help though and since it was only your first one back in a long time, I bet you'll get more consistent soon.

X-Country2 said...

I'm TERRIBLE at pacing. Terrible. Hang in there. You'll get better, I promise. :o)

Kristen said...

Despite the fact they may not have been numbers you wanted you had some really fast miles in there.

I hate bad runs but they make you really appreciate the good ones. hang in there!