Preamble: It’s mile test day at the Creek!
Weather: Cold. 41 degrees.
There were no FNG’s. Just two FOG’s.
Disclaimer: Hey Honey Boo Boo, I meant to tell you that F3 is a peer led organization and I am not a professional. Please be careful and don’t hurt yourself. F3 is not liable in the event of injury. Know your limits, scale modify and adjust.
The Run: We start off with two half mile laps around the pond to get the legs warmed up. The first lap was a nice steady pace; about 8:30/mile. The second lap around I threw in some strides. These are little 50-100m accelerations to get the legs turning over and the speed feeling nice. Once the warm-up mile was complete Honey Boo Boo and I took a moment to collect our thoughts, but not too long, because the stupid mile test was calling! I held pace with HBB for half of the first lap. (Looking back at our speed, we started off pretty strong, 5:50’ish pace for the first 400m), but it was too quick for me to sustain so I eventually had to ease off. HBB did a better job of holding on than I did. My breathing was hard and heavy and it never really felt “right” during the run. T-Claps to HBB for setting his PR for the Creek mile test! He left me in the dust on the second half mile.
Honey Boo Boo 6:08
We then set off for a little cool down run to the gas station down the road and back. 2.16 miles at about 8:16 pace. It felt nice after the all out effort we had just completed.
I’ll call this a learning experience. There definitely was a potential to run a fast mile today. HBB proved that. I, however, lost about 15 seconds from my PR back in September. Maybe it’s the couple of extra pounds I’m carrying around. Maybe it’s what I ate the night before. Eh, we live to run another day. Point is, HBB kicked butt!
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Devo: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Gratitude. YHC was grateful to have good company out at the Creek, and grateful to be able to run and encourage the man next to me, and get encouragement from him. Grateful for a family that’s held together over the years. We’re fortunate, and thankful for His grace.