It was hot and humid so I was aiming conservatively for 3 repeats, the minimum workout. My threshold pace was 11:45. I warmed up, and started the repeats:
- Mile 1: easing into it so I can build to threshold - 11:58
- Mile 2: time to get serious - 11:41
- Mile 3: I feel pretty good, maybe I can go a bit faster - 11:18 (!)
- Mile 4: I think I have another mile in me at that pace - 11:13 (!!)
So I surprised myself - by running 4 repeats instead of 3, and by successfully pushing the pace on the last 2. I consulted with Adam, and we decided it was time to adjust my paces to account for my increasing level of fitness! I feel proud of my progress.
|My updated paces!|
We also talked about how beneficial it would be for me to put a race on my fall schedule to test my fitness level and build my confidence going into the Marine Corps Marathon. So I am adding the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon on September 20th. I'm really excited about testing myself in this race.
And I marveled at how easy it was mentally for me to sign up for this half marathon. No questions in my mind about whether I could run the distance, if I could beat the course time limit, etc. Last year questions like these would have weighed heavily on my mind. How far I have come!
(To see how my pace improved, go to September)