You know those runs you have where everything FINALLY feels like it’s coming together? All the miles you’ve put on your legs thank you with a great run? I had that yesterday.
My training has been much better for the Brooklyn Half than it was for the D.C. Half, though that doesn’t take much, quite honestly.
Jess gave me an aggressive training plan, but I gave her an aggressive goal: 1:47. (My current PR is 1:50.) To be perfectly honest, that goal was only based on wanting to beat my boss, who’d just beat my PR. If I can do that, GREAT. If not, I’m just happy to PR. (Although she went from a 1:54 to a 1:47, so anything’s possible?)
The workouts Jess has been giving me are based on that time goal — my tempos have all been at 8:00 – 8:10 paces. It makes me nervous to think about trying to hold that pace for an hour and forty-something minutes, but I’m just trying to tell myself I’m etching that pace into my muscles so that they’ll know it well on race day.
YESTERDAY, though, my schedule had a tempo with two miles warm-up, 3 miles 7:45 – 8:00 (as in under race pace), 2 miles cool-down. Yikes. I hemmed and hawed and was nervous and finally just trotted out there. My Garmin takes forever to get satellites, so I usually start and let it pick up during my first mile and reset it after that. It requires more mental math: ok, so if I’m doing a total of 7, out-and-back, I need to turn around at 2.5 (which is really 3.5) and I can cool down at mile 4?
I took off and my easy warm-up miles were around an 8:58. Not “fast” but I was encouraged to see that my easy pace had dropped — it used to be more like 9:15-9:20. I tried to hold back a little to save all my energy for the tempo. Two miles in, I hit it. My phone hadn’t charged overnight so I was music-less for the first time in a while, but I don’t usually race with music so I knew it was good practice. 7:55, 8:00, 7:55. BAM. My cool-down felt like I was running through quicksand, but I chugged my way home and resisted all urges to collapse on my couch all day. I feel good about my race next week.
Have you had a game-changing run like this?