I don’t think I’ve done an “all out run” since I started running. Even at races, I stick to a certain pace because I’m terrified that I would not finish the race or just stumble and never ever get up. And sometimes, when I do push my pace all I get for it is a bad case of side stitch or that nasty feeling that you need to throw up. The last time I ran all out was probably 15 years ago and I was chasing down someone.
Last night’s run was 3×1600. After completing 2 repeats on pace, I gave in to the temptation of running all out. I always always stick to my training pace but it was a beautiful night, made to order for running. The stars were out and there was even a little bit of cool breeze blowing. Pasko na! Plus I was feeling very restless … so try lang. I started at my speed workout pace, then kept leaning forward, head down and arms pumping at my side.I kept pushing until my lungs and legs were screaming. I glanced at the 405 and at one point it said I was at 4:40 pace … which I sustained for 20 meters haha. Mararamdaman mo talaga yung hangin sa labas. That was exhilirating!
This morning I reviewed the Manila Milo race results and saw that Aileen Tolentino, Manila leg women’s 1st placer was running at around that average pace for 42 kilometers. Wow!