Tuesday, March 5, 2013

8 mile solo tempo

My stressor workouts are winding down quickly before my upcoming marathon. This morning, I was out in the rain for an 8 mile tempo run. Usually for my runs like this one I am slow getting out of the gate. Truth be told, I think it has something to do with me getting older. I seem to take longer to do everything.

However, this morning I was all over it from the first step of my warm up. I never felt particular fast or that I was working particular hard during the workout. The miles just seemed to stream by quickly.

Before I knew it, my tempo was over, and I was warming down back to my house.

This morning, I was wearing my heart monitor – just as a sanity check. I don't wear it daily, but I try to wear it more during my workouts. I use it to spot key indicators like my heart rate getting unusually high or taking unusually long to recovery. These can be signs that I am getting close to over training. This also raises a flag for me to take a couple of easy days. Sometimes I forget that I need extra time to let my body bounce back from hard efforts.

I have only two more stressors workouts this week. Friday, I will be doing a set of 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 minute intervals. I will follow this with a Saturday long run of 16 miles. Once my Sunday run is complete, I will have approximately 76 mile total for the week. This is my typical weekly mileage two weeks out from a marathon.

Best thing for me to remember, sleep and rest are my too biggest allies over the next week and half.


Sharing one thought at time,

The Cool Down Runner.




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