Ho hum, another run.

on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Tuesday: 6 miles recovery @ around 9:20 min/miles

Today: 14 miles.

Lap Lap Time
Lap Lap Time
1 09:21.5
9 08:05.1
2 08:52.1
10 07:52.1
3 08:25.0
11 07:49.3
4 08:05.5
12 07:52.6
5 07:54.1
13 07:57.5
6 07:49.5
14 08:08.9
7 08:05.2
15 01:32.7
8 07:42.5

Never thought I'd see the day where I would consider a 14 mile run in the middle of the week to just be another "general aerobic" run, yet here it is. I've kinda been surprised at my paces lately, especially with that LT run I did last week and maintaining a whole bunch of sub 8 min miles today. My HR was a few beats below my target upper limit of 160. I commented back in May that this pace kinda felt tough, but today I felt that with proper hydration that I could have pushed it further if I had to, maybe even to 20 miles. My fitness has obviously improved, but I also think it may have to do with the cooler temperatures. it was about 16C when I left this morning with a slight breeze and it felt great. I can only hope for temperatures like this on marathon day.

I'm probably going to do the half marathon this weekend as a marathon pace run. I heard back from the race director who indicated that the fun run is not going to be marked and though I suppose I could depend on garmin for pace feedback, there's nothing quite like the feeling of running in race conditions . Judging by my training paces lately, I think I'm slightly ahead of where I was by the time of the Chicago marathon last year where I did a 7:31 pace. I'm not quite at Boston pace yet which is 7:15, so I'm going to try for 7:25 pace this weekend which I think is a reasonable goal. The pfitz plan has another marathon pace run 4 weeks later where I'll probably try for 7:20 and then I"ll have 5 weeks to knock of the last 5 seconds/mile before marathon day. At least that's the plan.


Cuckoo said...

Stop talking in Celsius temperatures, math was never my specialty and I am no good with conversions ;) But I googled it and found out that it is 60 degrees Farenheit there. Pretty nice running conditions!

You ran a 7:31 pace last year in Chicago? You will definitely reach your Boston goal this year, I'm certain of it. You're doing great!!

jen said...

Very impressive 14 miler! Your pace was very strong and consistant. Way to go! Have fun this weekend in the half.

Steve said...

Ho Hum is right. Training gets so tedious at times.

Good luck at your half marathon this weekend!