here). But since I posted it, many folks have already commented and asked for details about the run ... and since I'm a man of the people and just try to give you what you want, ha ... here ya go...
It was simply one of my best runs I've ever had, race or otherwise. When I started, I really felt a little tired and dead-legged, and never really felt "light and bouncy". But my legs are actually getting stronger and faster this season than ever before, and yesterday was a very encouraging and positive sign for my Fall races.
The run was 12 miles in total, with the middle 9 at Tempo Pace. The run wasn't "easy" at all, I mean it was a Tempo Run for Pete's sake, but I really didn't struggle with it ... and I didn't stop the clock at all from start to finish, even when I stopped for a second to fish hidden water out of the bushes. The weather certainly helped because it was a record low of 55 degrees, with very little wind! Simply a beautiful morning to run and I felt like I took advantage of it.
Now if you read this blog frequently, you know I can't just "leave well enough alone." Even though it was my fastest Tempo Run ever, there are still a TON of things that need improvement. For example, I've got to even out the paces. A good solid Tempo Run should be a little closer together in pace. That's simply a muscle control and core fitness issue. But in fairness, my new Garmin 910 seems to skip around on pace much more than my old Forerunner did, so it's tougher to stay on schedule. Also, for this marathon I want to get to where I can do 15-18 miles at 6:25/pace ... and I'm not there yet, but I'm hopefully working up to it.
But all in all it was a GREAT run for me! Honestly, if Tuesday would have been a half marathon, I genuinely think I could have ran a 1:25 ... which is my goal in the Fall. But for the time being, I'm dialing it back and trying to stay on schedule, adding more strength and speed, hopefully for my fastest races ever this year.
... be great today!