This morning was marathon training day #2 with a tempo run on the schedule. Technically, it was supposed to be yesterday, but I did a little flip-flop of my run and cross-training day (which was really strength training carrying 50 pound bags of sand across the yard to the boys new sandbox). My tempo run was to be two miles easy pace (9:32), two miles short tempo (7:57), two miles easy - six miles total. That being said, I have never hit my tempo paces (I've come close), but the hills around here make it near to impossible. However, I was ready to really push myself.
Mile 1 - 9:30 (excellent!)
Then just past the 1 1/2 mile mark another runner was coming toward me on the other side of the road. I said good morning and we exchanged waves. Then I realized he had turned around and I could hear him coming up behind me. It just so happened that that was his typical turn-around point. We were running pretty much the same pace, so we chatted a bit. I forgot to hit the split button on my watch at mile 2 and we were just talking away and I realized I went right past my turnaround point, the three mile mark...over half a mile past it! Oops! I said good-bye and headed back in hopes of salvaging this tempo run. I didn't hit the split button until I got back to my 3 mile marker, since at the time I had no idea how much I had run past it until I could map it out afterward. 3.27 miles in 29:54 (9:09 pace). I really picked up the pace at this point wanting to hit a sub-eight and get one tempo mile correct before I needed to go easy again! Imagine my surprise when I got to the next mile marker and my watch said 7:27! Never ever in my life have I run that fast on the road on hills (granted this was the least hilly of the route), but still!
I did stop to walk a bit, probably less than 200 meters, just to give myself a break and I didn't want to push too hard knowing I was going to be running at least a mile further than scheduled.
My last two miles were 8:46 and 9:34. I ended up running a total of 7.27 miles in 1:05:13 (8:58 pace).
When I got back we had smoothies and I added some Spirulina Pacifica powder to our typical recipe: low-fat strawberry yogurt, banana, frozen blueberries, low-fat milk, and flax seed oil.
It was delicious and the boys actually finished theirs before Ian and I did!
We are headed to Portland later to pick up our race packets for the Sea Dogs Father's Day 5K. Zeke has been "practicing" for his kid's run run the last couple of days - so cute. I'm really looking forward to running this race as a family, even though I'll be pushing 60 pounds of boys in the stroller. I put together matching outfits for the four of us, I can't wait!
Oh, and please excuse the look of my blog for the next couple of days. I've been working on giving it an update for it's upcoming blogiversary. I hope everyone has a great weekend! I know all my teacher friends and family are excited for the first few days of summer break!