Bought some new Asics trail running shoes and couldn’t be happier with them. They are awesome. And I’m not even a trail runner. But I tried on several pairs of shoes and they felt the best. So I bought them even though I don’t strictly run trails. I do run on a trail, but it’s a concrete trail, lol.
They are very cushy on the heel – which is a big plus for me since I am a heel striker if I have my druthers. Had planned on running 1K repeats but as soon as I took my first stride I knew it was going to be a long run. Kept my pace slow so that I could at least go a bit further than my up-to-this-day-longest-run…a 5K.
43 minutes and 11 seconds later I had run 6K. That’s slow. No surprise there. But it’s the longest I’ve run this year by 1K. And the longest I’ve run in probably a decade. So it’s moving on up.
Average pace was 11 minutes and 37 seconds per mile. Temperature was 80 degrees at the start and 83 degrees at the finish. I weighed before the run and after. Was 211.6lbs before the run and 209.0lbs immediately after. That’s what running and not drinking does for me. I didn’t feel terrible after the run either so dehydration wasn’t a performance issue.
I listened to headphones and realized (yet again) that I’m a lazy runner. If left to my own thoughts my pace will inevitably slow down until I’m running slower than 12-minute miles. I have to keep track of my time and pace every 6 minutes at the maximum or I’ll slip into slower than 12-minute mile pace and I’ve decided at the first of my running “return” that 12-minute mile pace is the absolute slowest I will consider even jogging. Anything slower – in my opinion, for me – isn’t worth doing.
Here’s the breakdown of each kilometer. 7 minutes and 26 seconds per kilometer is 12-minute mile pace for reference:
1K: 6 minutes 56 seconds (11 minutes 11 seconds per mile pace)
2K: 7 minutes 26 seconds (12 minutes per mile pace)
3K: 7 minutes 9 seconds (11 minutes 32 seconds per mile pace)
4K: 7 minutes 20 seconds (11 minutes 49 seconds per mile pace)
5K: 7 minutes 20 seconds (11 minutes 49 seconds per mile pace)
6K: 6 minutes 58 seconds (11 minutes 14 seconds per mile pace)
By the 2nd kilometer I wasn’t paying enough attention to my pace and slowed all the way to a 12-minute mile without realizing that my pace had slowed at all. And that part of the route wasn’t hilly – it was flat. So I can’t blame it on that. RPE was exactly the same. First kilometer was ran at 11 minute 11 second mile pace.
Ran this entire distance while nose-breathing. Could’ve ran it a bit faster if I had gulped air. But the purpose wasn’t to break any time records. First I had to be able to run 6K. Then I can work on making it a bit faster. Going farther is the next goal. Even if it’s just a simple jump to 4 miles – a hair over 1/4 mile more than 6K.