Yesterday I had a great tempo run. It was so tough, but I completed it! I didn’t give up, which I really wanted to do a couple of times.
I warmed up for a mile, and I was already sweating, running in full sun. As soon as my watched beeped for the one mile mark, I built up to my hopeful half marathon pace, 8:30min per mile. The first mile was good, the second mile I started thinking how tough it was, half way through the third mile I had my turn around point to head back to my house. That was dreadful. The wind was at my back for the first two and a half miles, now I had to deal with running into it. I said I could have a break at mile 4, just to clear my head. My watch beeped at the fourth mile, and I thought, let’s go a little further – just so I have run further than last weeks tempo. It felt so tough, and I looked down at my watch and it said my average was still around 8:30. I decided then I would keep going.
I started saying ‘You are fit, you are strong, you are powerful.’
Yea.. I know, sounds crazy. I repeated this mantra for the next mile, over and over again. It kept me going. I really can’t believe that it did, but I finished 5 miles, with my final mile being around 8:17. I didn’t think it was that fast. I just pushed myself, at the end of the run I kept seeing that 1:50:00 on the clock, and that helped too.
Now, this run was really tough. I really don’t think I will be able to hold this pace for my half marathon, I am struggling with 5 miles, but I am happy to keep trying and hopefully it gets me there one day. I also feel that when I want to break 4 hours at my next marathon this will have helped me, I don’t see how a 9 minute mile pace will be that difficult next to this! (Well, let’s worry about that when I have to 26.2 of them!)
Next week I have a 6 mile tempo run, but there is a 10k happening near me. I might try and run that at my 8:30 pace instead. I just need to try and see how it can work into my training so I still log a long run in that weekend.