Apologies in advance, but there are not many pictures in the post...except for a couple of screen shots of my running splits.
So I put off Sunday's long run until Monday morning. I had an appointment early in the morning which meant I had to take half a sick day from work. So after my appointment I had a couple hours until I had to be at work- perfect for my long run.
I ran this at a comfortable pace and tried not to stare at my watch,
taking a cue from Alyssa and Kara with their no-Garmin sub-4 marathon
last weekend. I'm pretty sure just reading about their amazing Baltimore Marathon experience improved my training.
I didn't go full No-Garmin, or I wouldn't have these splits. And it was still on auto-lap, beeping every mile. But the goal was to not keep my eyes glued to my Garmin like I sometimes do. Maybe it was the cool 60 degree day or that I took a rest day the day before or maybe listening to music helped, but I was surprised with my paces.
A couple things... I only had time for 11 miles and change, not the full 13 as per my training plan. I guess I will do a slightly longer long run this weekend, then maybe scale back the following weekend?
Also, my long runs are supposed to be half marathon pace plus :20 or :30 per mile -- which would mean 10:25 or 10:35 based on my most recent half marathon. These yet still comfortable! I am hoping that means with a couple more weeks of speed work until the Philly half marathon I will have a good shot of improving my time.
Speaking of speed work, this was my Wednesday afternoon:
Goal was 10 x [400 @ 2:05, 400 rest]. I did it in the rain. I'm pretty pleased!
This morning before work, at the crack of dawn, I fit in a 5 mile mid-tempo run. Goal pace was 9:33-ish and I ran my five miles at: 9:41, 9:38, 9:33, 9:34, and 9:32. This pace felt a little harder than my last mid-tempo run last Friday. Despite it being tough, I wasn't too far off with my paces. This was also my first run in my new running shoes - no need to break them in, they were perfect straight out the box.
Off to host my brother-in-law and his girlfriend as they visit the great state of NJ this weekend!