Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Successful Long Run!

Seven miles at long tempo pace (8:35) were on the schedule this morning. This is faster than my current 10K PR pace. Can I do it?

I was feeling pretty good. Finn slept through the night in his own bed (well, until four AM) for the, I think, fifth time in his fifteen months of life. I didn't really expect to see a temperature of 46 degrees at 7:30 on the thermometer, but new I'd warm up fast once I got going. I wasn't sure what to expect as far as times. I ran the same 7-mile course on Thursday for my tempo run and didn't come very close to the correct paces, though I did manage negative splits for the fast miles.

I decided to just go for it! These are some of the reasons I thought that today I was going to have a great run:
  • Traffic is really low on Sunday morning, so I didn't have to keep swerving onto the shoulder and could just go...major plus. 
  • The sun was up, so I could see all the sticks and acorns that I usually trip over in the dark...another plus.
  • The temperature was perfect, so no overheating like I did during my two 10K races in stifling humidity...I can't go wrong, right?
And the outcome:
Mile 1 - 7:52 (whoa there, Speedy Gonzalez - you have 6 more miles ahead)
Mile 2 - 8:17 (still fast and this is the uphill mile!)
Mile 3 - 8:42 (tad bit slow, but only 3 seconds off my 10K PR pace)
Mile 4 - 8:07 (going so fast I almost forgot to hit the split button)
Mile 5 - 8:31 (just about perfect)
Mile 6 - 8:30 (seriously...I'm going to get a 10K PR...to bad it's not official)
Mile 7 - 8:38 (wow, my quads are jello)
Overall time  - 58:40!

Seven miles in under an hour! Yay me! I am beyond excited, even writing this several hours later has my heart racing a bit. I felt great the whole way, my breathing was fast, but not out of control and I focused on keeping a steady tempo of my feet on the pavement. Around the turn-around point at 3.5 miles, I felt like I was going slower, but my watch was telling me otherwise. I love you today, Timex.

My other good news on this otherwise mournful day is that I won a $100 gift card for Everyday Endurance swag from Megan over at Fit Crafty English Teacher!

3 comments:

  1. Excellent job on your tempo run!!!

    I am super jealous of you win. Way to go!

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  2. Great run today! And you won something else! Those four-leaf clovers keep on working for you! xo

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  3. great job on your tempo run! you rock :)

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