Back from a tempo type workout tonight.
It's been scorching here in sunny So Cal for the past couple of days and today was no exception. As such, I set out just as the sun was setting in very mild temperatures. The plan wasn't clear when I started running, just that I needed to get some type of lactate threshold/interval work in. I had 3 warm-up miles to mull it over.
I know it hasn't been that long since my last run, but it felt like it had been ages. I felt a tad heavy and out of shape but that's to be expected - I've only been following about 60-70% of the plan that I set out to follow for the Santa Barbara Wine Country 1/2 coming up, but eating like I'm running 70-80 miles a week.
Anyway, what I decided to run was 2 miles @ half marathon effort, followed by another 2 miles @ tempo pace.
Goal? ~7:30-7:35 for the first set, ~7:10-7:15 for the last. Actual:
Mile 4 - 7:48 (HMP)
Mile 5 - 7:44 (HMP)
Mile 6 - 7:27 (LT)
Mile 7 - 7:08 (LT)
Yikes. Talk about being off. Oh well. I'll cop to not being where I want to be, but I suppose that's probably around where I should be. I gauged it entirely on effort and only glanced down a couple of times at my pace. The streets I ran it on weren't exactly flat, but neither will the 1/2 that I'm running. I'm still going to shoot for a PR but it probably won't be by much (PR of 1:40:44 was run at 7:42 pace).
Regardless of all this pacing bullshit, I thoroughly enjoyed tonight's run. I feel like I got a lot out of my system - especially after watching the Boston Marathon yesterday. After a cool down period, I finished tonight's run at = 8.4 miles total.
First thing's first though - I have the big ultra up north this Sunday that I have to prep for, so I suppose a mini-taper of some sort is in order.
*still digging my Newtons btw!