Thursday, November 03, 2005

I like running fast

Or rather, I like running "fast." I mean, it's fast to me, but to your average Kenyan it's sleeping. Which is the perfect segue given that we ran last night way past my bedtime. By the time we got home the Daily Show was on. The Daily Show. That's on, like, at 10!


But yes, it's true, we woke up a bit late on Wednesday morning and so our morning run was relegated to the night. And we were smokin' fast last night! It just feels really good to do more than simply plod on, gathering miles like wild flowers (yes, I just wrote that. No, I'm not proud). And it seems to be easier on the joints. I think if you run faster you run smoother and there is less bouncing and joint-jarring. Of course, the pain in the lungs goes up quite a bit, but I think this will be reduced by the future speed-work that we plan on working into our training.

But, in general, it just totally rocks to be out of training and able to pick up the pace a bit.

(Now if I can just take another minute off of last night's pace, I'll be able to qualify for Boston. Boston's evil.)


Danny said...

That's interesting. I also found that I hurt more when I was running slow. I think the unnatural movements hurt more, and also when you run slower, there's more "ground contact" time, or whatever the term for that is.

Onve I get past this marathon thing, I'd like to work on running faster over the shorter distances. Speed was something I never paid attention to in the past.

LeahC said...

We had the same thought. Everything was after the marathon. At the beginning of our marathon training we were like, oh maybe we can run an 8:45 pace or whatever and I would watch our pace at each mile. But I need to learn that if one mile is a little high to not then run the next mile at a minute faster than the desired pace. So it stopped being fun because I was so worried about each second that I had to take the watch off and just run. However, speed and good pacing is a skill that I need to work on and can hopefully develop in the months before our next race.