This is not how I usually roll, I mean, run.

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October 3, 2012 by Amy B

You guys, I’m not sure what’s gotten into me, but yesterday I ran what might be a personal best OF MY LIFE.

I had meant to get out early in the morning, but snuggly kids waking up way too early prevented me from fitting it in before work. By the time Scott came home, I was less than enthused about going out for a run. Then I remembered that I ate about three plates of lasagna the night before and called it “carb loading.” I knew I’d feel better if I got out and did it.

My knee, though still bleeding, isn’t really too sore. Actually, my elbow, which also got skinned in the fall, hurts a helluva lot more.

I didn’t start out trying to push the pace, but I did try to after about a mile when I saw I was keeping up with a pretty good clip.

And heart rate? I try to pay attention to this as much as I can, because in the marathon, I try to keep it lower at the start. Based on my resting heart rate, Garmin tells me these are my “zones.”

Correct? I don’t know. If I’m spending a lot of time between 70-80% on these shorter runs, is that okay? I need to do more research on this.

Bottom line? I feel fantastic. I know I won’t be able to keep up this pace for the marathon, but the faster I run, the more realistic a slower pace seems, and the chance that I might actually be able to finish this thing seems like a more attainable goal.

(crossposted at my other blog, amyupnorth.com)

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Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at amyupnorth.com. Read more here.

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