Last Sunday at my half marathon, 8 minute pace seemed far too easy for the distance I was running. Seriously, what a thrill! The work I had been putting in to the previous 7 weeks of marathon training was definitely paying off! When I looked on my schedule for today, at a 3 mile run at the same 8 minute pace, I pretty much wrote it off – this was going to be a cinch. Well, instead of looking like this…
I felt (and probably looked) way more like this…
I woke up bright and early before work to get the workout done – looking to start the day off right. I didn’t run yesterday (I went to spinning instead), so I was expecting some nice, fresh legs. My warm up was easy as usual, around 1.5 miles, and then the work began. My first problem, I left the Garmin at home. When I picked it up this morning to put it on, it beeped “low battery” on me. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to go by feel. I just did this Sunday, so that should be no problem….Ha!
I was all over the place! I started off too hard, and then felt like I went back a bit too easy. It was definitely a yo-yo type of run – I just couldn’t quite figure out the feel of the right pace. I got home and plugged my route into gmap-pedometer, and found out I was about 5 seconds slow per mile. What I expected to be a simple run turned into quite the workout, not to mention I didn’t even hit my goal.
Oh well, it happens, right? At one point, I felt like I should just cut out the speed, and go for a slower speed, longer distance run, even if I wasn’t quite hitting the mark. I decided to stick to the workout, and just get it done. I’m glad I did, and I can now check the workout off of my training plan. It’s hard to believe how quickly it is already filling up. How is it already week 8???
Looking on the bright side, tomorrow is a great day or training – one that Marcus says he believes to be the best at!
The run is done, and I can move on! That is the beauty of 18 weeks of training. No single run can predict your goal race… thank goodness!!
Has this ever happened to you!? A one time easy pace becomes a difficult one to hold? Would you have ditched the workout, or kept with it? I would love to know your thoughts, no matter what the pace!