You know those runs you have where everything FINALLY feels like itâ€™s coming together? All the miles youâ€™ve put on your legs thank you with a great run? I had that yesterday.Â
My training has been much better for the Brooklyn Half than it was for the D.C. Half, though that doesnâ€™t take much, quite honestly.
JessÂ 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, whoâ€™d just beat my PR. If I can do that, GREAT. If not, Iâ€™m just happy to PR. (Although she went from a 1:54 to a 1:47, so anythingâ€™s possible?)
The workouts Jess has been giving me areÂ based on that time goal â€” 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 Iâ€™m just trying to tell myself Iâ€™m etching that pace into my muscles so that theyâ€™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 GarminÂ 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 Iâ€™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 â€œfastâ€ but I was encouraged to see that my easy pace had dropped â€” 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 hadnâ€™t charged overnight so I was music-less for the first time in a while, but I donâ€™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?