Ok, Paul Weeks….you can breathe...I didn’t go sub 6:00 on this one, but it was a good test...I think.
The result today? 6:35. The game is still on brother! I was more satisfied with this test than any other i’ve done. I was definitely equally as nervous in the day or two leading up to it as I always am, and had to remind myself many times that this nervousness was good, it meant I wanted to do very well and perform my best. It also meant I would damn well put it all out there to have a good test.
Let me start by saying….I didn’t even come close! My PR was 6:02 set after Leadville 2012. Normally, I would be sitting here very pissed off, disappointed, frustrated, wondering what the hell happened. Thinking I just didn’t give it all I had, I must’ve had more and I just couldn’t muster it up. I wasn’t good enough, tough enough, strong enough to gut through it and come up with a better time.
Instead, I sit here drinking coffee and feeling very satisfied. Hell yeah I wish it were a 5:59! But, I don’t FEEL like I performed poorly. Last 1 mi test I did, I spent the week before I analyzing test I pulled 6:02 on. I tried to be strategic about pacing myself out of the gate, set my watch to beep at me if I was going to fast or slow….etc. My last one mi test was a 6:28ish. So how was I going to go about this one?
A couple days before, I toyed with asking coach for tips or advice...but I wanted the answers to come from me. I thought about hitting up a few fast friends about how they do their one mile tests, but didn’t. I decided I would not set pacing alarms on my watch. I would simply do what coach asked, “run as fast as you can for 1 mile”....and I did. And I think that’s exactly why I’m satisfied. I ran as fast as I could for 1 mile...no less. Simple. BUT….Look out Paul Weeks! You can bet your ass I’m still charging for a 5:59!!!