I was very intimidated by my tempo run today. In fact, this morning during coffee Chris looked at me and said: "Stressed about something at work?" Well nothing at work is stressful (or everything is) but I was certainly not thinking about my work. I was thinking about my planned 8 miler with 6 miles @ 7:44. It's not like this is a super fast tempo. In fact, in a race I would be able to go much faster. But for a hot afternoon training run, it's not easy, particularly since my 6 mile MP last week seemed tough.
Since last week my stomach was a bit queasy, I decided to skip my prerun snack and just go get the run done. This turned out to be a great idea, as my stomach felt great during the run, and I did not lack energy. I ran my warm up mile @ 8:45, a bit concerned that it did not seem that easy, and my tempo would have to be 1 minute/mile faster. However, when I switched to the tempo, the pace felt....good and sustainable. I kept my eye on the watch the entire time, to make sure I stay on pace. The first 3 miles were on a slight incline for an average of 7:43 pace. My pace kept getting faster during the last 3 (downhill) miles, but since the effort seemed the same as on the uphill, I did not care. During the last mile I felt the lactic acid in my legs, and worked on keeping my form, shoulders relaxed, stride stiff and strong. Done! One slow mile and I was home, made my shake and took an icebath! 8 miles @ 6 @ 7:38. Very happy with this! Tempos, I've got you down!
Tomorrow I have 4 slow recovery miles, and then 17 miles on Saturday with my 2 running buddies, which I have not seen in a while. So exciting!
On a different note, please spread the word about Fresh Air's efforts to find runners and sponsors to join the Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon on August 16th. This is a great way to participate in NYC's premier summer road race while helping Fresh Air Fund children. For more information, go here:http://freshair.org/racers I would certainly run it myself, if I lived in NYC or surrounding areas!
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