Okay runners, I need some advice. All of my life I’ve been a casual runner. I suppose you can say I’ve increased my speed in a bit in recent years but I’m still pretty slow. And I don’t go too terribly far when I do run – the most I’ve ever run is a 5-mile loop I used to do regularly when I lived in San Francisco and it took me an hour to run it each time.
Since having kids, I run a 10:30 pace and I’m usually around 3 miles most of the time. It’s pretty scary how exact my time is – I use Nike+GPS and I’m always within 10:20-10:30 for my pace. I rarely have a pace that’s different than that 10 second window. But like any aspiring runner, I want to go farther and I want to go faster.
Last weekend I ran a 5k. I really wanted to try and just push it and get it to 30 minutes. The run was hillier than I thought and I finished at 32:13 with a pace of 10:22 per mile.
So yesterday I went out on my own and decided I’d map 5k and I’d try and push myself. At mile one, Nike+ chimed in to say I was running a 9:20 mile. Mile 2 chimed in that I was at 9:40. I was dying – I had a stitch and I needed to walk. I walked a bit – not long – and I finished in 30:40. Faster than my 5k the weekend before yet I totally did not have a sense of accomplishment.
I felt like I had failed. I had walked. I went faster but I walked so the whole thing was not a “run” to me but a walk.
So runners, what do you say? Is that right? What’s more important to you? Running it all but running slowly or going faster even if it means you have to walk?