Consistency

Mileage: 7

Time: 1:01.00

That’s about an 8:43 mile.  I was tired when I was done, but not too terribly winded.  After several runs in a row where I just couldn’t seem to find my pace and, more importantly, couldn’t “feel” my pace at all, I really drilled this one.  I set out at a comfortable but slightly faster pace and then just waited to see what it would be at the mile marker.  I had guessed about 9:00 but came in at 8:45.  Then I just tried to nail that pace for the rest of the miles.  I could feel when I slowed down and sped up and could tell when I was on pace.  All of my middle miles were between 8:40 and 8:45 and my last mile was an 8:44.

I really like it when I can run consistently like that.  It bothers me when I take off and think I’m running 9:00s and I either run 10s or 8s, or even worse, when a 5 mile run consists of everything from a 10 to a 7:30.  I don’t want to run fast.  I just don’t want to either go out too fast and die at the end or go out too slow and put myself in a 2 minute hole.  I honestly don’t know why it matters so much to me to be consistent.  I’m only competing with myself.

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