Tuesday, September 16, 2014

09/16/2014 10 mile run, faster than expected

Sometimes, it just works out better than you thought it would.  As I mentioned in yesterday's post, today was to be my first long run since the middle of July.  I set a goal yesterday of 10 miles and figured it would be a doable challenge.  I woke up to a complete downpour this morning and in my head thought, "F."

As luck would have it, by the time I set out for my run this afternoon, it had dried up and was sunny.  I set my watch and off I went.  About 5 miles in, I realized I was feeling pretty good and set a goal based on the time I was at.  I figured I could average about 8:15/mile pace and finish the 10 miles just over 1:20ish.

As I got closer to the end, I got a little more competitive each mile.  I eventually realized that with a consistent effort, I would finish with a pace of under 8:00/mile.  That would be seriously satisfying for my first run of any real distance in 2 months.

I finished the run at 1:18:28, good for a pace of 7:50/mile.  The only time I was above 8:00/mile pace was in miles 1 and 2.  The fastest mile splits I had were miles 6 and 7, which registered at 7:20/mile and 7:25/mile respectively.  Also, I ran the first 5 miles in 40:27 and the second 5 miles I negative split for a 39:57 second half.

Now that the workout is over, I look ahead to a day or two of recovery and rest.  On Friday, I go for my first speed session with 400-600 meter repeats.  Get after it.

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