15 July 2010

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What a run. The humidity is already unbearable at 6AM. Too humid for a strong tempo run. Richard and I started the first two miles way too fast. I paid for it later. I knew very quickly that I wasn't going to improve on Tuesday's pace. I could barely keep my target pace but did somehow manage not to collapse until I hit 7 miles. Average pace: 7:58 min per mile, just enough to stay under 8 minute pace. I probably should have considered summer time temps and humidity levels when I used my 5K and 10K PRs from this past fall to set the target training pace for my tempo runs. Oh well, at least I am working hard. Richard hung in there longer than during Tuesday's run. By next week, he should be good to go for the entire distance...and soon after it will be time to ramp up to 8 mile tempo runs:-) These workouts have got to be better than my most recent training of just logging 10 miles 4 times a week with a long run on the weekends. I feel like I've slowed down significantly and these shorter, more speed focussed runs paired with the long runs on the weekends should really improve my speed and distance. I cant wait for the next ultra, Laurel Valley. Tomorrow calls for speed walking. Thank goodness.

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