Coming back from even a short break always feels like I'm starting completely from scratch! I find it really discouraging, running shorter intervals and walking more, etc. So I tried something a little different this week. I took the dog for her walk yesterday afternoon - it was crazy-warm, temp in the 60s in Illinois December! - and I decided such beautiful weather called for a longer walk in celebration. We walked and did a wee bit of jogging to the junior high about a mile from home, then ran a Test Mile. NO WALK BREAKS ALLOWED, just run until the Garmin says a full mile completed. I said to myself, "None of this interval crap - your body knows what to do, and your MIND is the only thing keeping you from doing it."
Test time: 10:37!! Pretty good for a slow, overweight runner-girl! My previous Test Mile in September was just under 11 minutes.
This got me thinking: if I can run one mile in 10:37, I can run two at that pace... or three. Like, in a row. So I decided 10:37 is my new medium-term goal pace... 10:37 is the new 11:30.