That’s the question. I ran my tempo run this morning, and my pace per mile was way too fast for it. On the cards was a 5 mile tempo run, and a warm up and cool down of one mile each. I was nervous going into it. I don’t know why, I wanted to hold a 9:00-9:09 min/mile and I have done this many times, I have run half marathons faster. I think it was because I haven’t run that fast for quite a while and wasn’t sure if I would be able to.
The warm up went perfectly, and I did a few drills after my mile. Not many, but a few high knees and skips. I then went into my tempo run. Unfortunately I went out too fast, and tried to slow it down. However, I couldn’t. I kept going, and couldn’t seem to get my pace on target. Now this may sound like a good thing, however the point of these tempo runs is to get to know what my marathon pace feels like. I am sure I can keep trying to get used to it, especially once my mileage increases and my legs get more and more tired. I do know that I probably would have found it extremely tough to keep that pace going for another mile.
At least I know my legs can hold some speed! I also love how after you run faster, an easy pace feels easier! I need to keep working on my speed and tempo runs so I get faster! I feel the need for speed!!