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Saturday Morning Tempo: 7 miles- 6 at 6:47 pace and last mile fast

Saturday Morning Tempo: 7 miles 6 at 6:47 pace and last mile fast

October 20th

I’m thinking of changing the title of this blog to “I don’t follow directions”.  Nice ring to it?

So you know where this is going.  I did not in fact run 6:47s.  I know.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I promise you I had the very best intentions and it wasn’t like I was feeling super amazing.  It just happened.  Something in my brain completely shuts off.  I have no other explanation.

As usual Megha and I met at the track for a short warm-up.  The legs were okay.  Not great not bad.  We both promised each other up and down left and right that we would in fact run pace.

And things looked promising (or we were just delusional).

We decided it would be best for us to start on the track.  Our first lap was a bit fast and then we slowed down too much for the next two but picked it up and crossed in 6:48.

I realize this is just about pace but the mile was super inconsistent so we didn’t find our flow or rhythm.

Mile two was downhill so that wasn’t going to help us find pace:  6:42.

When we got down to the lake we quickly discovered it was going to be a windy run.  I’m not sure what it is about the GL but on stormy days it’s somehow possible to be running into a head wind the entire time.

Mile 3- 6:40

Mile 4- 6:40

Mile 5- 6:43

Mile 6- 6:41

First thing first:  not 6:47s.  Second thing, these look consistent but they were up and down.  One minute the watch says 7:00 pace the next 6:40.  As a result we were always speeding up or slowing down and never got into a rhythm.   For me, it never felt great.

When we got to the last mile I was just hoping to dip below (okay or close to) 6:20 so I went and tried to hold on.  I finished around 6:09.

It was hard.

I was happy to be done.

It was a weird workout for sure.  I wasn’t left feeling great about it but at the same time I didn’t feel bad even though my hamstrings tried their best to quit on me.  Maybe I need more recovery?

Or maybe I just need to learn to run pace… that would be too easy.

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3 comments on “Saturday Morning Tempo: 7 miles- 6 at 6:47 pace and last mile fast

  1. Pingback: Week in Review: Hello? Is anyone excited I raced up a mountain last week? Anyone??? Am I being dramatic? | run pretty run fast

  2. therunmanrunneth
    November 11, 2012

    Nice tempo run. Pace is hard to find, relying on a Garmin all the time makes it even harder. The idea is to be able to run it without thinking. Being speedy doesn’t help, gotta crank down the intensity early.

  3. robyn
    November 12, 2012

    Thanks! We finally just stopped looking at the Garmin… tired legs and windy conditions were not helping us out at all with pace. Glad to have this one in the books.

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