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i ran home from work last night. i just didn’t feel like doing an out and back, so i decided giving myself a purpose to my run would make it better. it did work, but it was WARM out still. not as warm as earlier in the week, but still in the 80’s and i have grown accustomed to running in the cooler mornings. the sun was on me, i was a sweaty mess and my legs felt pretty heavy…. BUT my pace did not reflect any of this, i was shocked!
8.0 miles/1:08:07/8:30 avg pace
since i ran home from work, i had to run back to work friday morning. this was another trick i was using to get myself up and out of there and it worked. i packed my stuff thursday morning so i would have everything in my car at work and i could get ready there (we have showers, etc). when my alarm went off this morning i didn’t want to get up, but i knew i didn’t have a choice. chris also said he wouldn’t drive me there
this was my first “marathon tempo” run. i will be doing a lot of these runs with this program to practice race pace or close to. this pace is defined as your goal marathon pace +/- 10 seconds. the plan calls for minute chunks of it (2 x 15 minutes), but i decided that it was close enough to miles, that i would just do round miles to make it easier for me (2 x 2 miles with 5 minute rest).
i am not 100% sure what my “goal marathon pace” is yet. i know i want to PR, i would LOVE to run close to a 3:30, but i am not sure if i am there yet and i want to train within my abilities, not beyond them. i do like to push myself, but i know that pushing too hard can defeat the purpose. for now, i am going to shoot for low 8′s (~8:10 = sub 3:35) which i still think is challenging, and i will be testing myself with a couple of tune up races further into this training cycle to see where i am at. since the mcmillan calculator is so reliable for me, i will be using it to help me pick an exact goal and pacing plan when its closer to race day. hopefully i will be getting faster after a couple months of training
i warmed up for 3 miles to the trail, hopped on, cranked up my music and got into the zone. it took a bit to find the exact pace i wanted to be at, i was going way too fast at first, but i eventually found it and settled into the zone. it felt really comfortable and i was happy! the last mile i was running straight into a really strong headwind (the heat left but the wind is back in full force) and i felt like i was running backwards. i still was able to pull off a good split and finish up my MT miles strong. i added a bit on to even out the miles with a cooldown and ran to work, got ready with time to spare! the only thing i forgot was my eyeliner, which is definitely something i can live without. overall the run home and back to work was a success… i do have a feeling i will be very hungry today.
warm up: 3 miles @ 9:01 avg
1 – 8:07
2 – 8:03
(5 min rest .58 miles @ 8:40)
3 – 8:01
4 – 8:08
(avg MT 8:05)
cool down: 1.42 miles @ 8:30 avg
total run: 9.0 miles/1:16:28/8:29 avg pace
i am feeling better about this week now!