Again, it’s been a very long time. I’m just finishing up week 2 of my marathon training. I’ve also been away for work while I’ve been training.
I’m a tour guide, and I’m currently guiding 8 day trips of London and Paris. It sounds like a glamorous job, but it’s tough. Long days, hardly any time for myself. But, I do get to see amazing places and share these with people, some who have never even left the US.Anyway, it’s a struggle to get in my work outs, and even more of a struggle to keep this blog going. I’ve managed to get a few runs in the past week I’ve been here, in London (and Paris).
My cousin, who lives in the UK, said he was running a 5k race, and said he would love for me to join him. I couldn’t, as it was on a day I was working, but it got me thinking to look at other races that were in the area. I found a 10k race series at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It was on a day off! Why not? I ventured to the Olympic Park, which was fun itself. I had never been to the area before, so it was completely new – and then to have a a race to compete in was amazing!
I should use the word ‘compete’ loosely. I decided that I would use this as a tempo run. I was scheduled for 5 miles this week, and thought an extra mile wouldn’t hurt, especially as I haven’t been running as many miles during this training schedule. This meant running at a 9:00-9:09 min/mile pace. No problem!
I warmed up for a mile – just went super easy, then did a few drills and stretches. I started the run, and looked at my watch (my lovely new Fenix 3, which is a whole different post itself) and saw that I was running around an 8:30min/mile. I tried to slow a little, and knew that I was feeling good from the adrenaline of a race (even a small one, that I wasn’t ‘racing’), and the weather being so beautiful and cool. The first mile clocked in at 8:34min/mile. I thought, this is too fast and tried to keep my pace slower. I didn’t see my second split, but saw my current pace was still in under a 9 min/mile. So, I thought, forget it. Let’s try for around a 8:45min/mile average. I felt amazing, the fifth mile was probably the hardest, and then the last 0.2 – as you always try to push (that, and it was uphill a little!).