What was different this time?
- I ate really well during the day, before my run.
- Perhaps my weekly mileage (10-11 run miles) are starting to pay off. Though I scaled that back during the holidays.
- I took an important phone call on the run that lasted 6:24 minutes!
So, I just started running faster and it felt great. I didn't feel tired (though I was breathing very hard). I felt that I was in a great rhythm and just kept running. Every 10 minutes or so, I'd walk for about a minute, but then went back to the faster pace.
My last mile was likely my fastest mile, I was just cruising. I arrived home at exactly 1 hour and 40 seconds after I left. That alone would be a PR by over 2 minutes. *For comparison's sake, I deducted three minutes for the phone call, which gets me to the pace of 11:31. Either way, it was a personal record for me at that distance.
How did I PR? Was it the break from the phone call? If so, then should I do a decent break in the future as well, to allow me a stronger second half? Was it just accumulated mileage and strength kicking in? I welcome your feedback.
And I am also wondering about your warm-up routines.
- Do you warm-up BEFORE you start tracking your mileage, or as a part of your mileage?
- How long do you warm-up?
- And importantly, do you vary your warm-up routine on race day?