Course: Legacy & Jacomo Loop, The Jack
Avg Pace: 7:34/mile
Workout: Tempo Run
Temp: 38 Degrees, Wind 9 SW
Miles this week: 46
Pretty good "Tempo-ish" run. Obviously I didn't go all out the week before a marathon, but I felt decent about how I responded. I never really felt like I was pushing too hard, except when running the steep side of The Jack. My heart rate got up to about 178 then, which wasn't horrible. Also, I started this run a lot quicker than most to try to simulate "tiredness" sooner. I didn't run a typical 3-4 mile warmup. I started pushing a little at mile 2, so overall, not bad. I'll rest quite a bit this week and hope for the best in Austin.
I looked back at where I was the week before Utah and Indy, my last two marathons. It was somewhat encouraging. My last run before Utah, I ran 8 miles @ 7:52 pace the Saturday before. The last Saturday before Indianapolis, I ran 16 miles @ 7:26.
A couple of things stood out to me.
#1) Right now I'm somewhere in the middle of those two marathon fitness levels.
#2) I know I ran both of those workouts on really flat courses. Today's course wasn't killer or anything, but I ran a lot more elevation than with those workouts.
#3) The temp for both of those runs was above 60 degrees, today was quite a bit cooler at 38.
I think I was in the best marathon shape before Indy, but I started WAY too fast in that race. My time should have been MUCH better. If Austin were a flat course, I would feel great about my time, but I'm pretty concerned with how the hills will treat me. Like I wrote earlier this week, I'm not obsessing on it - I'm just trying to get an honest assessment of where I'll finish.
Garmin Connect Link:
Last "Long Run" Before Austin by running50after40 at Garmin Connect - Details