End of the Blues! New Training PR!

New Training PR!

I don’t know if it was the new shoes, great weather, or eight hours of sleep I got last night, but I’m back!  I am officially declaring myself out of my running slump.

My training schedule called for a 9 miler at marathon pace today.  So I woke up nice and early, laced up, and hit the gas.  My average pace was 8:04 minutes / mile!  A new training PR (personal record) for 9 miles by over 30 seconds / mile!  :-)

This is a huge jump in performance for me.  In fact, just to put it in perspective, my training PR for 8 miles is 8:36 minutes / mile.  So I, ran these 9 miles at faster pace than my fastest 8 miler to date!!

I went out a little too fast, which accounts for me ending a little too slow, but I am very happy with this run!  Here are the splits:

  1. 7:52
  2. 7:35
  3. 7:44
  4. 7:53
  5. 8:15
  6. 8:11
  7. 8:14
  8. 8:24
  9. 8:27

Also, I’ve got to say that the Nike Vomero+ 5′s are pretty awesome.  This was my first run in version 5 and they are great.  Just like all my previous Vomeros (versions 2-4), they feel great right out of the box.  There is zero “break-in” time.  What other shoe can you say that about?  Besides perhaps my Vibram Five Fingers ;-)

By the way, I went with the red Vomero’s.  Thanks for the votes! 

In any case… it’s great to be “back”!  :-)

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5 Responses to End of the Blues! New Training PR!

  1. Beth says:

    Jon, you never cease to amaze me……
    Reading about your experience in your new shoes make me want to go out and get new shoes too! But, I don’t think I have put enough miles on the ones I have to justify that….
    Congrats on the comeback!

    • jsoldo says:

      Thanks Beth! This morning reminded of why I love running :-)

      • jsoldo says:

        BTW, I’d recommend going out and getting new shoes even if you don’t need em!!

        • beth says:

          HA! Jon, can you tell my husband that?
          I came across a great quote yesterday that I put on my blog:
          “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”- Steve Prefontaine
          Fits, doesn’t it?

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