Today is Sunday, and I did runs on Friday, Saturday and today. Thursday I got off of work and the minute I got to NYC I had to go to dinner with Ti and her parents, so I had no time to do a workout. Friday afternoon I was off work, and after we did some touristy stuff around the city, I did a 6 mile workout that was a 3 mile jog out, and a 3 mile tempo run back in 23:40. This run was fine, but the way back was a little more challenging than I would have liked. Saturday morning I did a quick 4 mile jog that I didn’t time up and down Riverside. This was also a little bit more lethargic than I would have liked, but it was fine.
Today, I did a tempo run with a warmup and cool down. I did a mile warmup, and my plan was to do 6 miles in 48 minutes,hitting as many even splits as possible, and then a cool down. I really wanted to focus in on thinking about simulating the first 6 miles of a marathon, and testing how sustainable the pace was. That’s basically what I’ve been doing a lot of the last few weeks, and I think it’s been helpful. Today my splits were 8:09 through 1 mile, 16:00 through 2, and then I stopped looking at my watch for a while. I went through 5 in about 38:45, and finished 6 in 46:55.
Obviously miles 3, 4 and 5 were a little fast, but they felt fine. When I finished, I felt like I had a lot more time of being comfortable at that pace, which was good. I’m just hoping I have like 2 and a half more hours of being comfortable, and not like 90 minutes. There isn’t much I can do at this point besides try to build confidence, so I’m just going to focus on getting my head straight and keeping myself loose for Sunday. Alright, see ya tomorrow.