I gave this one ALMOST everything I had to give. I say almost because I realized just over a mile into it that I was holding back a little, not giving it my full effort. That changed pretty quickly. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I was supposed to do 9 miles with a 7 mile interval and ended up doing 8 miles with a 6 mile interval. The reason being - I was spent.
Anyway, on to the training run.
I was around a 6:48 pace about a mile and a quarter into it and thinking that I didn't feel like I was working as hard as I could be. So I picked up the pace. I know going to a final 6:45 pace doesn't seem like a huge difference but as I got further into it, the more difficult it became. There was a point in mile 5 where my will was beginning to wane but Dori was there to save the day. So I pushed on, wanting to knock out at least the 6 miles. By the time I hit that point, I knew I was spent and turned the next mile into my last mile. I can't really fault myself for that minor change in the training plan. I really did give it everything I had after I realized that I was holding back. So here are the splits:
Now that I look at it, if I had started out just a few seconds faster and not pushed quite as hard as I did in the second mile, perhaps I could have been a little quicker in the next few miles by a couple of seconds. Ah well, something to try and manipulate in the future to see what the results are. Good lesson for the upcoming race though, which happens to be in 2 weeks - April 29 (10k).
My ONLY concern going into this race is the time of the event.
This has been a warmer than normal year already and the 10k starts at 1:00 pm.
I'm hoping (praying really) for a cooler than usual day with overcast skies. A few years ago the temperature ROCKETED to 90 degrees on race day and it was a disaster. It was all I could do to finish. If it stays below 60 I think I can push this pace to the end. If it's below 50 I KNOW I can beat this pace on race day (adrenaline is an amazing thing). If it gets above 60, all bets are off as far as time because I'll have to slow it down to keep from overheating and I REALLY want to beat my PR - a 7:20 pace from a couple of years ago. Here's to hoping....
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T.S. Eliot
“Do or do not... there is no try.”
“Where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within."
”Chariots of Fire (1981) – Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson)
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming: