I've shared with you before that the Nike+ training app has these features, like the benchmark run, designed to track your progress and help customize your training program. Benchmarks are 15 minute runs that start easy, ramp up in the middle and then have a short cool down at the end.
Yeah, that's not what I did today. This is another case of "real life takes precedence." I needed to run today. I have a 13-miler coming up on Sunday and I haven't run all week because... reasons... mostly I think because the 11-miler was pretty emotionally challenging and I needed time to recover from it.
So I decided that today I would squeeze in a nice and easy 3-mile run before I head off to FOGcon. That was a fail. Firstly, I got a little lost in my new neighborhood, so when I turned up at my designated "stopping point" I was a little under 3 miles still... and since I'm no Lauren and since my brain said, "this is where we are stopping" I let that be that.
Secondly, easy-schmeasy. I ran pretty hard! I mean, my average pace was 10'15"! And my first mile was under 10 minutes. Even better, I felt pretty good while doing it. So that's what I'm going to call a benchmark run, even though it does not qualify per Nike+ as a benchmark run.
And now I'm off to FOGcon to meet other awesome genre writers, awkwardly hand out my business cards, and learn about interstitiality in fantasy and sci-fi. Yay!