You’ve all been there. I’m sure of it. You’re out on a run when you notice a sound behind you. Quiet at first.
Thump, thump, thump.
Soon, the thumping is accompanied by heavy breathing.
Thump, huff, thump, puff, thump, huff.
And this point there are only two options.
#1: Yield to sounds and allow yourself to be passed.
#2 Run faster.
Today, I chose to run faster.
I was in the middle of a tempo run (44 minutes total with 24 minute tempo). I had done my warm up and settled in to a 7:08 pace when out of no where two runners were behind me. The chase was on. They were not going to pass me. I kicked it into high gear and hit the next mile at 6:52. I could still hear the steps behind me. A bit fainter, but they were still there. I pushed harder, the burning in my lungs increasing with every breath, my legs absorbing the pain with each step. As I approached “The Hill”, I feared that my legs and lungs would fail me. I charged to the top. My watch beeped the next mile. Another 6:52! Still 3 more minutes at tempo pace to go. I checked over my shoulder and my competition had disappeared. I still don’t know where they went. They must have turned around because there weren’t any side streets for them to turn on. I finished the final 3 minutes at a 7:27 pace before settling back down to an 8:15 pace for the warm down.
How do you handle The Chase?
Tomorrow, I am meeting up with a blog buddy (Rob) for an open water swim and bike ride. Stay tuned for details!