I did 5 miles in 48:55 for a pace of 9:45.
Sadness prevailed during the game, but I won the award for cutest Packers fan in a Jennings' jersey, so it's okay. jk. But seriously....... My money's still on GB for the season, obvs.
Wednesday night I set out for my first speed work session in 3 weeks. Uh whaaaaaaaaa? This girl loves her speed, bring it BACK. After finishing Born to Run on my lunch break, I was seriously raring to go. Which is shocking, because I've been dreading tempo runs for the last 4 months. Seriously, I whined like a little B before all of them. Icky. I was a little concerned at how it would go, however. I had 7 miles to do with 5 at a pace of 8:19.
I started running and my knee was kind of wonky, and so was my left hip. [Legs get it together now pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease!] When I started my first tempo mile I was in the 7:50s. And then when I looked I was in the 8:30s. And so it continued for the next 5 miles. No wonder I couldn't run an 8:15 paced half marathon; my legs have no idea what that feels like.
Partially through the 2nd tempo mile I thought about cutting the run short because my leg hurt, and I got to thinking about Born to Run and the portion that mentioned how much those runners truly loved to run, and you could see the sheer joy and happiness on their faces as they flew up trails. I decided the least I could do is enjoy the run. :) And what do you know, when I started focusing on the fun and not the pain, the pain disappeared.
I did 7 miles in 1:01:09 for a pace of 8:45. Tempo average pace: 8:22.
Tempo miles: 8:18, 8:20, 8:24, 8:25, 8:23.
Twin Cities 10 Miler Goals
I'm taking off to Minneapolis sometime Friday (after I get my huge to-do list completed) and meeting up with Alyssa to take on Twin Cities 10 Mile/Marathon weekend. I've been thinking about my goals for this race all week, and for the first time in....uh... forever, I don't know what my goal time will be. Before getting
Which leaves me with ?????????? I'm going to run. If I'm not tired, I'm going to run a little faster. If I get tired, I'm going to continue to run. If my knee hurts, I'm going to be happy that I'm dealing with something as minor as runner's knee that is merely an annoyance and not an all out injury. And I guarantee that running the last 7 miles of the marathon course is going to make me want to sign up for next year's Twin Cities Marathon. And Mr. EO is trying to convince me the same.
So if I'm feeling great, I want to get as close to 1:20 as possible. At the very least, I'd like to run a faster pace than my half marathon time of 8:34, which could prove to be tough based on how much not running I've been doing lately. Best of luck to all the TC racers. I hope to see you all there! I'll be the one in green, natch. ;)