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Saturday Morning Tempo: 12 miles, 11 at MGP last mile fast
Yep… pretty much the workout I’d been dreading since my coach sent me my plan. Longer tempo’s are hard for me (which might be a clue that I should maybe work on them just a bit more #justsayin).
Still I’d run a 12 mile tempo when I was training for my last marathon in 2010 and I had to run it alone and it went well so this can’t be that bad right?
Um… right? No really?
Megha and I opted out of our usual GL location for Lake Union. The loop is just over 6 miles. I was fairly certain it wasn’t super flat which made me a bit nervous but it still sounded better than 4 laps around the GL.
The plan said 6:47s which seems faster than marathon pace (6:52s) but I figured my coach knew what he was doing so we’d give it a go.
Megha and I both agreed we’d start closer to the 6:50-3 mark and then pick it up (clearly not a workout we wanted to start fast). Since my brain just couldn’t fathom 12 miles I told myself to make it through 6 and then hit a mental reset and run another 6.
A quick 2 mile warm-up and we were off. We settled into what we believed our pace was but our watches were not super helpful. Megha’s had us in the 6:30s and mine was around 7:00.
Hmm… split the difference?
I don’t really remember looking at my watch at all the first lap. I simply tried to run for feel and settle in. I can’t say it felt good but at the same time it didn’t feel bad.
We made it around the first loop and were on to the second.
I started the first loop off strong but struggled around miles 10 and 11 (imagine that). I tried my best to stay relaxed. I could tell we picked-up the pace and just settled in and let Megha go (she was feeling good).
I tried my best to not completely lose contact but it was a struggle. We hit the mile to go on a slight uphill and I tried to find another gear.
Not sure how I did it but I found one.
It was hard: 6:22-4 range and quite possibly one of the longest miles of my life.
Megha has a fancy Nike watch so here are here spits (including our cool down miles):
Miles 10 and 11 were slower for me and my mile 12 was a faster. Somewhere along the way our watches managed to sync up… weird right?
I thought the elevation was brutal but it turns our I might just be a wimp (yep… that says 83 feet).
Happy to have this one in the books.
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