Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Finding my "happy pace"

Well kids I think I've done it.
I have found my pace.

 I ran 4.02 miles in 46:52.

Is this stellar?
Am I happy with it? 

The best part of this run was

The weather was perfect.
I had no stitches in my sides.
I focused on my breathing and pacing the entire time.
It all just came together for me.
Pitbull blasting in my ears didn't hurt either. 

I am glad I have chosen to do all of my training outdoors. Not only do I find that running on a "dreadmill" boring, it teaches you nothing about pace.

The treadmill paces you.
Running outdoors you learn to pace yourself.

That is an important lesson to learn, especially as a beginner.

I am really looking forward to the cooler, fall weather.
I see a lot of runs in my future.

I'm sorry, am I reading my own words correctly?
I am looking forward to more runs?

Just like Jerry Springer, I would like to share a "Final Thought" with all of you.
-I LOVE the Nike+ running app.
-You do not need a Nike+ adapter, it tracks your runs via GPS.
-It keeps track of your paces, distances, calories, etc.
Go download it, if you don't have it already.

Okay that wasn't so much a "thought" as it was a friendly suggestion...that you better follow.
Same difference, right?


  1. Congrats! All it takes is, like you said, finding your pace and staying there. Improvement, speed happens over time, but you need to be able to have your "comfortable" pace so that you know where to build from.

    And YES, starting slow is where it's at. That first mile (if not 2) should be a warm up, then get into your pace. Congrats!

    Love the video too, especially the "awkward" neighbor moment. LOL.

  2. Congrats on a great run!! Finding your pace is such a great feeling! It took me a while to get back into running, but once I found a good pace I started to love it! I'm training for my 1st half currently so I'm still learning what works best for my runs.

  3. Great post! I def want to take my runs outdoors as soon as the Florida weather decides to cool down. I'm excited and nervous! Thank you for always being such an inspiration!

  4. Girl, I honestly smiled the whole time reading this post. So happy for you & your accomplishments you are achieving after each fun :)

  5. That is AWESOME!! Congrats on getting in a great run... haha, it takes me 30:00 for 2 miles, so I bow down to you. :-)

  6. It's all about how you feel not anyone else. I agree with you about running outside. I'm soaking it up as much as I can before I'm forced to do most of my running on the treadmill. Enjoy!

  7. great job!! keep celebrating the major accomplishments!! :o) SPA love!

  8. Way to go! I too often get focused on trying to get at a certain number or time...but the key to not getting burnt out or frustrated is to find that happy pace like you said...it's a pace you enjoy, it's a pace that keeps you going. Great reminder.

  9. Congrats girl! That's awesome! I love Pitbull so it made me happy you were listening to him hehe. Loved the photo of him in your post. Keep it up lovely! xo

  10. Rock n' Roll lady! I've taken to listening to podcasts on my runs instead of listening to music, that way I can pace myself. When I run to music, I find I run to whatever cadence the music is!

  11. Great job girl!!! I don't care how fast anyone runs...we're not all made the same, so our paces won't be the same. Pace changes all the time, too! I used to run slightly faster than I do now, but I run farther now (usually). You have to embrace change. And great job on all 6 of your runs this week! That's awesome!!! (PS: Your happy pace is pretty darn close to mine. <3)

  12. So awesome to read this! I remember my own sort of "ahha" moment while running, when everything finally solidified and I felt like I could actually call myself a runner. Haven't stopped since :)

  13. Congrats!! It's so awesome to read this/watch this. I use the Nike+ app too and I like how it uses words like challenge and achievement. Haha. I need to learn your lessons. I try to run faster than is smart for my level and then I'm all over the place. So kudos to you!! :)

  14. Awesome job and congrats on finding your happy pace. This makes me even more excited to run together for the Color RUN!

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