I’ve been following the 10K training program again in hopes of increasing my pace and running for longer intervals. I’m nearing the last week of that 12 week plan – wow, can’t believe that went by so fast!
Yesterday was the last Long, Slow Day and it called for 5 miles. I met up with my running partners who were targeting somewhere between 5-6 miles so my distance fit right in. The weather was a repeat of the last several runs: humid and overcast. I don’t mind the overcast part but there was absolutely no breeze to be found! I’m really loving my Garmin watch as it’s helping me focus on my pace – especially at the beginning where I tend to go out too fast. I wanted to stay in the 12-13:00 min/mi range to try to prevent overheating and except for mile 4, I did pretty good. For the last half of mile 5 I decided I would try to pick up my pace just a little, just to see if I could. I kept telling myself to ‘hurry up’ and I can see it made a difference from mile 4. I did the same thing in the last .25 mile and I’m quite surprised that I had enough ‘left in the tank’ to get into the 11 min range…of course it was only for .25 mile!!!
I stopped for so many walk breaks my pace chart looks like a roller coaster! But even with that many I still averaged right where I wanted, so that’s a WIN in my book!