This week's runs so far have included a 3.5 miler and a 2 miler. I did the 3.5 miler on Wednesday.
On Thursday, I was telling some friends that while I feel good running, I don't feel like pushing myself so I don't bother. And I'm bothered by not being bothered. I'm getting back to comfortable speeds. But my mind starts playing games, like, "If you run for 2 more minutes, I'll let you slow down." Here's the thing...I probably could run for 4 more minutes at the speed, but I just don't, because I ran the 2.
I think I also don't have any clue with where I am in my training could be part of the problem. I have a 10K on Saturday that I was excited for until I saw the weather report...24 with 20mph winds. Yay! I can do cold, but I hate wind. Oh well. At least this will help me figure out where I am in terms of training and speed.
I did run 2 miles almost 2 minutes faster than last week. I have to see if it is the fastest. For some reason, I keep thinking I ran it in 23:58, but no, I ran it in 22:58. I felt pretty good.
The bad (if you want to call it that)... my heart rate is running lower. I noticed this last summer and then it reappeared the past 2 weeks (and I know the HRM is working now) that it was taking me less effort to walk .5 miles and run 2-3 miles. While I'm happy I'm getting healthier, it means I'm burning less calories, which means less to drink. The world of moderation, here I come!
Update: It appears to be the 2nd fastest 2 miles. I ran 2 miles at 22:44 last summer.