Sunday, September 05, 2010

Double: Tempo-ish and Easy

I set out with the goal of running at marathon pace, which is around 7:20-7:25/mile. I want to start doing that more often... not faster, not slower, but within that range. The rational is to get used to running that pace so I know that pace.

I didn't do so well. I even tried using the feature with the little running man on the Garmin that keeps a certain pace. An almost opposite effect happened. I wanted to crush that little man. It became a competition with the little stick figure on my watch. The pace was then set in the first few miles and it was hard to back off.

Yes, it's nice I can go faster pretty easily, but it's a shorter distance. 9.2 miles is nothing compared to 26.2 miles. I don't want this to happen again. Back then, I bit off more than I could chew as a result of not respecting the distance and going out way too fast. Mental discipline is everything. So yes, good workout this morning, but I need to work on focus with the pacing.

Ran 9.2 miles @ 7:05/mile pace.
Paved roads.
Moderately hilly.
Mid 60s, partly cloudy, breezy.
Saucony Kinvara, shorts, short sleeved shirt.

Purpose of this run was to just go at an easy pace and enjoy the run. Mission accomplished. Very nice out. Just trotted along and let the mind wander.

Ran 5.6 miles @ 8:12/mile pace.
Paved and dirt roads.
Very hilly.
Around 70 degrees, mostly cloudy, breezy.
Saucony Kinvara, shorts, sleeveless shirt.

Finished the week with 60.6 miles. Another solid week overall, especially considering the awful heat wave we had for much of the week. Feeling pretty great, but sense I would benefit from a cut-back week next week, so that's the plan. Will likely take two rest days next week (not back-to-back) and keep things pretty chilled out for the most part (sans the race on Sunday).


Laurel said...

Jamie, your marathon training sounds like it is going really well as far as tempo and marathon pace runs and interval training. Your weekly mileage is at a good level, too. Your paces and workouts look a lot like my training log leading up to a (flat) marathon in around 3 hours. Have you been putting in long runs up to 20 miles? I may have missed some of your training posts so you might be. The long runs are what will get you through that last 10K on marathon day without hitting that damned old wall that's been around for the past century.

Jamie said...

Thanks Laurel, appreciate the vote of confidence. Yep, been getting in the long runs, most recent one was last weekend.