Apparently WordPress likes to eat my posts on Thursday nights when I’m far too tired to care and rewrite. Here we go again…
I’ve never been a good tempo runner. I like to just go. Intervals I can somewhat do if I use my watch like it’s intended to be used, but those tempo runs never work out to be what they should be. But then there was Thursday.
I took a rather light day Wednesday (aka I was too lazy to run and instead did abs which barely left me breaking a sweat). Good thing, too. I knew I needed to do some kind of speed workout today, but I was anticipating maybe 5 miles which included some 90 second 5k pace sort of intervals with a minute rest or something. Instead, I came home to a new Runner’s World magazine which I had to open and glance through while I was peeing (that’s where I read my mail when I get home, weird, I know).
I never do the Runner’s World workouts. I forget about them or they are just too challenging or I don’t have a track near by or I make up some other stupid excuse. Not today! This workout caught my eye and I thought it was perfect. Though, I quickly add the miles in my head and thought how silly I would be to go out and run 11 miles, 6 at tempo. Me? Run 11 miles without properly preparing with fuel, etc.? On a weeknight? Never happening.
Bam. It happened and then some.
My half marathon “best case scenario, I will be happy for months” goal is 1:50. That’s dropping an entire 8 minutes off my first and only half marathon. I’d have to average 8:24 minute miles (it sounds insane). I aimed for 8:20 during each mile of the tempo run. Uhh, just a wee bit fast.
I tried to slow it down when I realized I was too fast, but it didn’t stick. I didn’t think much of it because I figured there was no way I’d do two sets, but after that in between mile with the quick stretch, I decided I’d at least try it. Despite 6 of the 11 miles being warm up, recovery, and cool down I was still on pace for the same half marathon finish I had last September. Maybe 1:50 isn’t as far off as I think?