Last week I had a horrible race pace run. It was horrible because even though I hit my paces, it was a huge effort. More of an effort than it should have been. What was wrong with me? Am I not in the shape for the paces I want to hit or was I just having an off day?
This week's race pace run was going to be 7 miles- a mile longer than last week's. I was very nervous! I decided that to ease my anxiety, I needed to get out of my neighborhood and run somewhere different. I headed over to the Conewago Rail Trail in Elizabethtown.
The plan was to warm up for 2 miles, run 7 miles @ 7:15 pace, then cool down with 2 miles. While my legs didn't feel completely fresh during my warm up, they felt better than they did last week. When I started my tempo miles, I was a little concerned at first. It was an effort.
I don't know why I envision myself running these tempo miles effortlessly. It's not supposed to be effortless! It's supposed to be hard!
My 7 tempo miles were hard but they were manageable. It was a lot better than last week by far.
Warm Up: 8:20, 8:18
Workout: 7:17, 7:09, 7:12, 7:12, 7:13, 7:13, 7:12,
Cool Down: 8:19, 8:06
I took this picture during my walking cool down in attempts to somehow capture they beauty of the Conewago Trail for you!
Paul calls this, "Resting tired face."
I hope you are having some great runs this weekend!