I changed strategies a little today with my long run. Decided to start out easier. The goal today was simple. To get through the 6 miles without bonking near the end. Pace was not going to be an issue but I said ahead of time that if I get halfway and feel pretty good, I'll pick up the pace a little at the end.
Mile 1 - 16:51
Mile 2 - 17:09
Mile 3 - 16:31
Mile 4 - 16:22
Mile 5 - 15:51
Mile 6 - 14:50
Average HR (miles 1-6) - 140/145/151/155/158/162
My target HR for the run was 148 (~70% max). I kept that pertty well until I decided to pick up the pace around mile 4. Doesn't really matter. I was conversational the whole way. Well that last .3 or .4, I did a little mini tempo pace. Wanted to finish strong. From the looks of the splits and from how I felt throught the run, I DIDN'T BONK!!!
I have to keep telling myself that these long runs are not a race. I think I has this fixation that if I don't run my long run as fast as I want to run my marathon, I'm never going to get there. Coach said not to worry about all that. Just get through the rest of the summer and we'll know more about my potential to finish in 6 hours after a few longer races. I went ahead and registered for the USA 10 miler on October 15. I'm already registerd for the Houston Half two weeks later. After these two races, I'll have a better idea of how I am progressing and will be in a better position to decide on Houston or Austin.