FEEL MY PAIN I SAY!!!
Yes, I was basically threatening an inanimate object, the Tulsa Marathon on November 20th. I find it's better to threaten things that can't talk back. Although, I'm sure like any other marathon, it'll have plenty to say when the gun sounds on race day ... we'll see I guess!
Don't you love those runs where you feel a huge high when you're done! Like you're invincible and it was one of the best workouts ever! I've shared before that I feel I grow more in Tempo Runs than any other workout - but Progression Runs are one of my favorites forms of a Tempo Run (Progression Run - each mile gets faster to the end of the run). And Yesterday, I ran probably my best and fastest Progression Run with the following splits...
Tuesday's Progression Run ... Goal: Final Mile About 1 Minute Below Marathon PaceMiles 1 - 2 ... Warmup ... 8:34, 8:05
Miles 3 - 11 ... Progressively Faster Tempo ... 7:43, 7:36, 7:00, 6:52, 6:50, 6:47, 6:44, 6:30, 6:24
Mile 12 ... Cool Down ... 7:38
Sometimes during a faster workout like this one, I'll stop for a second to catch my breath after the later miles. But during this run, I ran all twelve miles straight through without stopping. Go me! And my average heart rate was only 154, which was awesome!!! It was really foggy at 49 degrees with 99% humidity, so I felt really good about being able to keep my heart rate low in the thick air. Plus, I had a ton of energy left over at the end, and felt like I could have kept increasing the pace for a few more miles without too much trouble.
I hope this is a good sign for Tulsa. I really want a good fast one to end the season on. But NO PREDICTIONS!!! I learned my lesson with Sioux Falls. I still have Alabama in December, but I don't plan on killing myself in that one. Hope your training is going well and you're staying healthy! Have a great week!
... be great today!