I had the brilliant idea last night that I would run this morning's tempo run on the track. I though this would be smart for a couple of reasons. One, it's a lot safer running on the track. No traffic and it's partially lit from the parking lot lights since I have to run before sunrise. Two, what better way to be able to keep a steady pace than on a flat surface that is measured out for me? My prior tempo runs have been less than successful. I've done the distances, but meeting the required paces have eluded me. This way, I'd be able to easily see how far I've gone in what time, how much distance I have left, and keep a steady pace due to the lack of hills. And my plan worked!
On the docket:
1 mile warm up
4 miles @ MTP (8:15)
1 mile cool down
Warm up mile - 9:53
Tempo mile #1 - 8:16 (so far still to go)
Tempo mile #2 - 8:16 (keep it up!)
Tempo mile #3 - 8:19
Tempo mile #4 - 8:10 (loved counting down the laps on this one)
Cool down mile - 10:10 (a hard mile, it would have been easier to continue to go fast)
Total time - 53:05
Other than the monotony of 24 laps around and around, I am stoked that I was able to pretty much hit the right pace. I think I'm going to employ the track for my tempo run for the time being, at least until daylight savings kicks in and it is lighter in the morning. Plus it does wonders for my attitude toward the tempo run!
In other news, I might be running my long run on Sunday with Jen, very exciting! I'm supposed to do a personal distance record of eight miles, we'll see if it works out.