I didn’t run very much last week. Early in the week I ran 7 miles in 1:05. It wasn’t a good or a bad run just an average run. Even though the treadmill stopped at the 1 hour mark I pushed on for that extra (whopping) 5 minutes. It seems that all of my runs lately have been for 1 hour. I prefer to run based on distance, not on time. I felt that I needed to get to the next mile mark or I would be wimping out.
I ran again on Friday night. That was a good run. I ran 3.5 miles. It’s not a coincidence that the Chase Corporate Challenge is 3.5 miles. I finished it in 27:37 which is slightly below an 8 minute pace. That’s very good for me. Last year while training for the corporate challenge I could barely complete 3.5 miles in under 30 minutes. I think I can push myself even faster than I did on Friday night.
My shins are still hurting me. On the recommendation of a coworker who is also a runner I started doing calf exercises twice each day. I’m also cutting down on mileage a little bit and focusing a little more on speed.