I took Monday off to give the legs some downtime, but I was itching for a run. I expected the legs to be trashed after running some hills, but they were raring to go. Tuesday morning I hit the bike path for an easy 7 miles. After reviewing my revised training program, I was only supposed to do 4. Uh.... oops. I ended up doing 7 miles in 1:09:07.
Wednesday after work I had an 8 mile run with 7 miles at a tempo pace of 8:23. For some crazy reason (perhaps because I was able to average an 8:25 pace for 10 miles on some crazy hills) this pace didn't freak me out. Dare I say it.... I was actually excited for a tempo run. --gasp!-- But first I had to eat half a box of fruit snacks. No joke. I couldn't stop. And then I had a tummy ache. And then I had to convince myself I could run a killer tempo run.
I did an easy warm up mile and then got to work. I was surprised at how great I felt for the first few miles. Like really good. Hmmm... At the 4 mile turn around I snatched some water and jumped on the heels of some dude (obviously a wrestler, don't ask how I knew, you could just tell, ya know?). He did not like the fact that a chicky was keeping up with him. He would speed up, then slow down, repeat x 10. I finally passed him, only to have him sprint past me 1/2 a mile later. I assumed he was finishing up his run. Nope. Slowed down and then stayed in front of me. Oh well. It helped to pace me on my run I guess. :) Plus he quit a mile and a quarter before me, so I obviously won. It was dark during the last 2.5 miles, so I wasn't able to see my pace on my Garmin. I also wasn't able to tell what my mile times were, so I couldn't guage if I needed to speed up or slow down. The good news is, at no point in the run did I want to die and/or give up. Yay me.
Magically for me my average pace ended up being 8:23 on the nose. Heck yes. Jerbear: 1 Tempo Run:
September in Review
Total Miles: 86.1 down from 115.9 last month. (Last September 101.4)
Total Time: 13:18:55 down from 18:22:53. (15:42:37 last Sept).
Total Runs: 13 for an average of 6.62/run
Highest weekly mileage: 9/6--9/12: 30.6 miles
Favorite run: It was only a one miler, but I had been 1 mile shy of 1000 for the year after having knee issues for most of September. I was a smily cat when my knee was ok with me jogging out a mile on the treadmill. :)
Most hardcore run: Well after going through my training log for September, it doesn't look like I had a very hardcore run. I really struggled with running hard (obviously) and psyched myself before even starting some tough tempo and speed workouts. No hardcore runs = no hardcore races. Lesson learned. :)
Favorite Race: It's lucky that it was my only race of the month, because there wasn't awhole lot that was "favorite" about it: Sioux Falls Half Marathon.
Bike Miles: 89.7
Favorite Jams: Katy Perry's Teenage Dream and Rihanna's Only Girl.
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