Flat habits

Distance: 5 mi

Time: 40:23

OK… now I’m gettin’ pissed…

Well… ok… not really.

Yet another day of flirting with the magical 8 minute barrier for a run over 5 miles.  It was odd this morning in that it felt like the pack went out slow.  Maybe I was just pushing because I was trying to get below 8s, but they didn’t seem to take off until about mile 3.  Until then they were bunched up and clogging up the trail and I couldn’t get around!  That’s it… I’ll blame the fast runners.  They were going too slow…

Heh! 🙂

Since it is dark in the morning now and hard to read my watch, I have been trying to concentrate on “feeling” my pace.  Checking my turnover and stride, monitoring my breathing and focusing on relaxing my upper body.  The watch is still there but I am using it more as a backup and a way to confirm that I am feeling my pace correctly.  I think that, as I slowly continue to improve my times, this will be more and more important.

I think where I am the most careless or lose concentration the quickest is on the flats.  Ups and downs usually get my attention enough to concentrate on them.  But if I am going to slow down, it seems to be on the flats.  I really think this is a concentration issue.  When I hit the flats, my mind wanders once I hit my pace and I am prone to slowing down.  It’s a bad habit.  One of many.

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