Speed is not important if the run feels fast

Today’s run (street): 2.5 miles

It was easier getting out the door this morning than I had expected. My first run after a race can be a bumpy experience with the residual soreness from exertion peaking 48 hours later. I took off feeling like I was moving well and free of any pain related to the race. I assumed that my speed would be better than average for a 4:00 AM run because my legs were used to fast turnover. After checking the Garmin I saw that wasn’t the case, although the run felt fast.

Last week at this time, I was feeling down about my running. I go out nearly every day, do base training runs, hill runs and occasional speed work. Despite this, I had been feeling like I wasn’t gaining any speed performance from my routine. After Sunday’s run, I now understand that my level of fitness is greater than I’d thought. Today I ran well, but not especially fast. That’s okay. Right now I know I can access the speed when it counts.

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