Yesterday my Fleet Feet Marathon Training plan called for 1.5 warm-up, 5 tempo miles...with 3:00 minute breaks between and 1.5 cool-down. I was pressed for time so I just started running FAST...
Feeling good, breezing past the walkers and feeling the WIND.
I was running so fast my Garmin could barely keep up. The trail is close to power lines so I would look down and it would say 12:12 quickly followed by 6:45 pace. Darn Garmin gremlins!!!
I was getting hot so I stripped off my long sleeve shirt mid run, wrapped it around my waist and re tucked my Ipod cord into my Sugoi tank. All while keeping pace, GOOD TRAINING!!
I felt myself slow a little, my breathing was becoming labored and I was BORED on the trail. I realized that I needed to refocus, just then a slender male runner passed in a bright red visor. He was ZOOMING and gave me a nod, as if to say "Impressive pace!" LOL!! I took the look as a compliment and my pace increased.
I know my plan only called for 5 x 1 mile "Aerobic capacity intervals" but once I realized that I could possibly break my 10K PR I sped up. How could I stop at 5 miles??
I was getting tired, when I get tired and want to slow I focus on my form or my music. Anything to not give in to the demons in my head. Mental toughness is sooo important to get through the tough workouts and especially on race day. I just read the chapter on Mental Toughness written by Sarah in the "Run Like a Mother" book. GREAT CHAPTER!!! FYI Wednesdays are fun days at RLAM because they do Hump Day Giveaways, go check it out HERE. Please tell them Tall Mom sent you, I need to earn the AWESOME hat that Sarah kindly gifted me it was a little big for Marathon day but I am thinking of sporting at and my Run Like a Mother T-shirt at the Eugene Expo....LOL!! Walking advertisement :)
2- 6:50ish (hit start to my watch on accident)
The last .2 seems to go FOREVER, there was a man just near where I knew I would be finishing. Looked at him, then to my watch, then to him.. FINALLY I made it and was ready to stop. He said "That watch was not going to tell you what you wanted was it?" Heheheh!!
10K= 45:37 (7:21 pace) New PR!!!
Previous 10K time= 45:54 (7:24 pace)
YIPPEE!! Ran a cool down 1.8 miles (9:18 pace) to finish with 8 miles. I am totally happy with my speed today. I felt strong!! The wind tried to hold me back but I powered through. 18 days to Eugene Marathon!!!
I am slightly addicted to the McMillan Running Calculator HERE. Have you ever tried this?? What you do is put in your time from a recent race and it will calculate what you can POTENTIALLY accomplish at all race distances up to the Marathon.
Marathon for Tall Mom: 3:34:05
Hear that legs?? Hear that Running Gods?? I CAN DO IT!!!