Friday, March 13, 2009

Confidence?

I had last period free today and planned ahead to bring my gym stuff to school. We have a great fitness center (though clearly designed for 300 pound, 18 year old football players) with 3 OK treadmills. I cranked out 4 miles no problem, 3 of them (after a warm up) at 8:19, 8:19 and 7:56. As usual, I could have gone longer if not for the "stomach issues" that seem to plague every PM run lately (another reason I prefer treadmills for now). Seriously, the pace felt easy. I wish I'd been wearing my heart rate monitor, just to know. But if the Achilles is OK and my "stomach" is OK, I wonder if my A goal shouldn't be sub-8 minute miles. I kind of think this is that post-pregnancy thing where my increased blood volume makes me seem more fit than I really am. If I can do sub-8's, it won't be because I earned them. I kind of feel like I'll be on performance enhancing drugs...just pregnancy ones. Of course, let me see if I can even run a decent race before I go shooting it down. And I guess I should remember that I have been doing speedwork, if not long runs, for 2 months.

Anyway, it was great to remember that I can run at school before I come home, or even during a free period. My last period classes might just have to get used to me teaching all sweaty and in workout clothes. (Come to think of it, most of them wouldn't even notice. Teenagers.) It will save 20-30 minutes versus driving to the gym, and actually soon enough it should be warm enough that I will be able to run outside. (Umm, today, 43 degrees wasn't warm enough. I have become such a weather wimp.)

7 comments:

Mama Simmons said...

If you run under 8's, then you EARNED IT!! Even if there is something about extra blood volume, you created a human life, and in doing so, earned every bit of that extra blood! :)

kritina said...

Wow... great runs! And how great that you can run right at your school.

DC Running Mama said...

They say you get faster after having a baby, so woohoo for sub 8 miles!

I am a little weather wary as of late, too.....skipped my run yesterday because it was *only* in the 40s....that one weekend of 70 degree weather completely wiped out my ability to deal with the cold.

X-Country2 said...

You earned those sub-8 miles, girl! Extra blood or no, you put in the work.

N.D. said...

omg- what a great idea!!! I have to do that too when I return.

Great job on the pace. I hope I experience these "drugs" too.

Good luck tomorrow! yea mama!!

jsmarslender said...

Yea on the pace! And good idea about running at school. I bike to school most days and then spend the first twenty minutes of class cooling down. My students don't care. I hope.

Angela and David Kidd said...

Great job with the subs 8s! And I've found just saving 10 minutes here or there makes a huge difference once you factor in everything you are required to do with a baby. Finding 20-30 minutes is huge!