While I haven’t had much luck with my long runs, my day in and day out running has gone quite well. I’ve been able to knock out 5/6/5 miles over the last three days with an average pace at or below 8:10. The real test is going to be tonight with my 45 minute tempo run. I’m going to try to hit this run at around 7:15 pace which is my 10K pace + 15 seconds or so. I’ve sometimes had some trouble sticking out the entire tempo run, but for some reason I am feeling pretty good about this one. Since a tempo run is supposed to be at the pace that you can hold for an hour nonstop, 45 minutes is going to be really pushing the threshold. Pain is good. Right?
On a related note, I hit a new monthly mileage PR during August - 221 miles at a 8:17 average pace. I’m pretty excited as this is the first time that I’ve ran further than 200 miles during a month long period. I uploaded all of my runs into RunningAhead to celebrate. All the while marveling at each glorious graph of running competence.
For that matter, I just clicked past 1000 miles for the year. I didn’t do that for all of 2008. So I have that going for me, which is nice. I’m on track to pass 1500 which is way past my new year’s resolutions. Maybe that will make up for not sending post cards?