This morning I ran my first tempo run. Well, first one on purpose anyway. I'm sure I've run hard before but not really in this structured format.
So, the Katy Fit schedule called for a 35 minute tempo run this morning. I'd rather run by distance so I decided, with Coach's approval, to do a 1 mile warmup/1 mile tempo/1 mile cooldown. Here are the stats and comments to follow:
Mile 1 - 16:16 (avg HR: 141)
Mile 2 - 13:30 (avg HR unknown, for some reason my monitor was malfunctioning
Mile 3 - 15:37 (avg HR: 159)
I had a hard time with my HR monitor during the tempo leg. That was actually, to me, a blessing. I kind of wanted to do this mile by feel and since my monitor wasn't working, I had to. I did record a max during mile 2 of 169 bpm. Coach told me that I should "be about as hard as you can go without going anerobic i.e., you should never be sucking wind but feel if you went any faster you would be (that's what the first 3/4 of a 10k feel like)." Well, I've never done a 10K so now I know what the first 3/4 will feel like. Anyway, I felt good, just like coach described. It was really challenging toward the end. Still not gasping for breath, I felt like I was going pretty hard. Certainly harder than any mile to date (since comeback). The last 1/4 mile, I just pictured the kids' faces and DW and how much I love them and how much I want to really live for and with them, and my spirit soared through that last effort. I was tempted to stop and walk to recover but didn't. I slowed down to my easy pace, and ran through the entire mile 3.
One other thing. I'm not sure if it was just mental or if it was just cooler or if I was particularly rested this morning but I really felt stronger on my feet this morning. I doubt it's possible that the hill workout on Tuesday and the rest day yesterday would have made such a difference but I really felt good, strong.
Ready for 6 on Saturday!!!