Last week I had a couple of slow for me treadmill runs. The effort felt the same or harder than my pace during my last half marathon, which was a minute faster. I wasn’t as hard on myself as I’ve been in the past, but I was wondering what was going on.
Then I was able to run outside on Friday, when I ran during lunch. I ran nearly six miles just under 10 minutes/mile, faster than my half marathon pace. That felt pretty great but I wasn’t sure what would happen when I got back on the treadmill.
Today it was sunny again and 70. (!!!) I decided there was no way I was wasting those conditions, especially when it’s supposed to be in the 30s later this week, so I headed out for another late lunch run.
I ran to the arch.
This one, not so much.
It was unbelievable windy today and any run to the arch contains various hilly sections, but I was still able to do this.
That’s close to my pre-stress fracture pace! I’ve been eating well all week, so maybe that’s part of the reason. But I did have a bag of M&Ms about an hour before, so I’m guessing I just really love running outside in cool sunny weather. Now I know how I run on a treadmill is not an accurate gauge of what I’m capable of.