Thursday, August 8, 2013
Great Tempo Run That Told Me Nothing, 8mi@6:45/pace
First of all it was friggin' 57 degrees, with no wind. Amazing! It had been quite a while since I ran in temps that cool. Secondly, I ran again in Ankeny, IA, which is probably the flattest place I run. I mean there is no hills whatsoever. I think I only had about 150 of elevation gain in 11 miles. Veeeerrrry easy course! And third, I didn't do the typical 30 minutes of core work before the run, so I basically felt a lot fresher than normal when the run began. I compared the workout to where I was last year at the 10 week point in marathon training, and I think I'm a little ahead of the pace. Basically I'm a little faster now than then. And although I was really encouraged at how easy the run felt, it SHOULD have felt easy based on the conditions. I mean no hills and amazing weather aren't exactly typical conditions. But I guess the bright side is that it wasn't hard. That would have really got in my head. I guess at this point in my training, I SHOULD be able put down 8 miles at a 6:45 pace.
Anyway, it was a great run - but I'm not sure I really learned that much about my conditioning. Hopefully Saturday's run will feel that good too. We'll see. Have a great weekend!
... be great today!