Slower runs and 2 book recommendations

I only ran twice this week, but did several hikes and walks, and went to one barre class.

Earlier this week I ran 5k. This was a very strong run (9:30, 9:27, 8:32). It takes me awhile to warm up, but I start to feel pretty good around 3-4 miles. I love running in Seattle! It’s very humid here, which is a shock coming from dry California, but it is much cooler. It’s been nice not having to get up super early to run.

running trail

Running 9 minute miles is pretty comfortable these days. It’s not too hard on my legs, and my lungs can certainly handle it. Even though I have asthma, I have really good cardio endurance. My lungs can go much farther than my legs. I would like to run my half marathon at a 9 min pace, but my friend has told my only goal should be to finish. I still would like to work towards a time though.

Ever since I started focusing on running strong, running in low drop shoes, and working on my form, I was surprised to see how much slower I became. I was much faster slamming into my joints, forcing them to absorb the impact of running, and running with a heel strike in high drop shoes. Now, for the most part I am running slower, and the strange thing is sometimes I feel really fast. Oh well, I can work on speed later.

Today I ran 6.15 miles around a 10 min pace. I read this post on Janae’s blog about running slow.

Tina wrote, “My marathon race pace is around 6:00 per mile, my recovery runs are about 9:00 per mile.”

I had no idea running slower meant that much slower. My goal each week for my long run is just to build endurance, and I only record my times so that I know how far I am going. I tried to run this run slower and just focus on the distance. It was pretty hard though. I was actually aiming to run this one more at a 12 min pace since my normal is closer to 9 mins, but that doesn’t feel natural. I run at a pretty steady pace, and I’m used to going at around the same speed. I might put myself on a treadmill for the long run each week. It will make controlling the pace a bit easier. Tomorrow I might do a quick run just to stretch my legs, or else I will wait until Monday.

I have read 2 books that I highly recommend you read!

Big Little Lies. Liane Moriarty. I got attached to this one, and plowed through it in 3 days. I’m a very fast reader. I do believe that anyone could like this book. The characters are so likable, and the small world twist is just unreal.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I had just finished reading Big Little Lies when I started this one, and I didn’t like it very much at first. I don’t feel that the description on the back gives it justice, either. I can’t give the details away, but this is one you’ve gotta read. I recommend it to all my friends, especially those who had a hard time in school.

Both of these books would make excellent gifts.

Yesterday I started watching Blue on Lifetime. Julia Stiles plays “Blue,” a single mother who is working as a prostitute to earn extra money. If you like lifetime, you will love it.

Questions for you:

  • What’s new in your life?
  • Have you read any good books lately? I need another.
  • How much slower do you run your slow runs?



  1. Thanks for the book recommendations, I wrote them down and will look for them on my kindle. My favorites are “The Bell Jar” and anything by Cormac Mccarthy. However, I also love a good Jodi Picoult book or trashy beach read. As an English major I feel pressured to read more cerebral works but I can’t help but enjoy a hallmark channel type of novel 😉

    PS. I just finished “Girl on the Train” and if you like suspense you will love it!

    • Emma

      August 9, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Faith! I will have to pick up Girl on the Train. I love suspense. Yeah I totally know what you mean. Hallmark/lifetime style books are fun reads.

      At SJC airport I saw a garbage can covered with an ad: How about a trashy novel for your flight?

      As English majors, we know all the words (lol I love playing with Trump’s words!). You just can’t beat the entertainment we have available to us due to this year’s election.

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