Oh get your minds out of the gutter…what were you all thinking? I was referring to Tuesday’s workout. Long being the mileage, hard…well it sounded harder than it actually was. This was another one where pacing was crucial…
So I had a feeling when the coach asked us for our goal marathon paces that Tuesday’s workout was gonna be a MP workout of sorts. Cool, works for me. Then I got nervous when I saw the workout. And a little more nervous when I was supposed to shoot for the lower end of that range (I said 8:15-8:20.) Basically, this workout was part MP, part tempo. Run a mile at MP. Rest. Run more than a mile at MP. rest. Run more than a mile tempo. Rest. Run more than a mile tempo again. (Thankfully I got let off the hook for the 5th part of the workout, since I mentioned I was racing Saturday. And told to stick to the assigned paces…no running “fake MP” or “fake tempo.” Glad they’re looking out for me 🙂 )
Soooo…my goal paces were 8:15 for the MP portion, 7:37 for the tempo portion (hmmm 7:37 is another “magic” pace)…and this is what I did…
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So basically, this was a workout to practice marathon pace, get a feel for it to prevent early pacing mistakes, and see if we have to readjust goals. Quite a few of the people in my group that I usually stick with in workouts had MP goals more in the 8:30-8:45 range…a coupla others going for a 3:40 BQ. I wondered if my marathon goal was too ambitious? Only one way to find out…and I was pleased with how the MP portion turned out, as I felt in control the entire time-even the 2nd one which dealt with the west side hills.
I was a little bit more nervous about the tempo portion, remembering the last one that was a disaster…I barely got under 8’s, how will I be able to hold 7:37’s? But coach DC tried to convince me I could do it…we shall see. That first one (around the lower loop) actually went quite well, I was checking in with Mr. Garmin every quarter mile and was dead-on with the pace. The second one was uphill…from west 72nd to 102nd street so my pacing wasn’t quite as smooth there. In the last half-mile, there were a couple peeps ahead of me, but I wanted to stick to the pace…didn’t want to leave Saturday’s race in the workout. But a strong finish, I could do. And was more than happy to be done after that one! 🙂
I was definitely pleased with this workout, moreso than some of the shorter intervals…maybe that’s just where my strength is, in distance? But at the very least, I walked away from the workout thinking that sub-3:40 just may be doable for the first time in weeks. But hitting it in workouts can only go so far…gotta bring it on race day. And I intend to bring it on Saturday. (or at the very least, hopefully have a better race than that ridiculously humid 5K last month!)
Oh, and I just may have good news on the apartment front…stay tuned! 😉