I slept through my alarm this morning and woke up thinking I was going to miss my planned tempo run. I dread tempo/speed work but have been slowly adding them back into my training. They are tough but necessary to help improve as a runner.
According to my 5k time back in August, my goal time for the tempo portion of the run was 7:26. The first time I attempted a tempo run I thought there was no way I could hit a 7:26 mile on a six mile tempo run. But, I finished my last “tempo” mile in 7:10.
Last week, my tempo miles were 7:08 and 7:02…
This week, I hit a sub 7 minute pace on my six mile tempo run…
I seriously thought my Garmin was off when I saw the first sub seven minute mile. This run was hard but not so challenging that I could not hold a steady pace. I need to work on pacing to start off slower and finish stronger toward the end but I have time for that. Next tempo, I may have to throw out/ignore the Garmin and run by feel because. At times, I feel like focusing on the numbers tends to hold you back. I’ll see a quick mile, panic, and tell myself to scale back when really, I can hold the pace.
So, I’m not sure if it was the extra sleep, the change in scenery, or the cooler weather but I feel like finally all my running in the dreaded summer heat might be paying off?!?