But, all good things must come to an end. Thus, out with my SpongeBob undies and out with my old training paces. In full disclosure, here are my training paces and here is what I am now going to start striving for. Of course, all of these paces depend on a number of factors not exclusive to: Recent bowel movement frequency***, quantity of alcohol consumed the night prior, stress at work, etc.
400 interval track work: 5:50/mile
Long run: 8:00/mile
400 interval track work: 5:40/mile
Long run: 7:50/mile
This should put me around a 18:40 5K and a 3:15 marathon. Easy to type on a blog, very very hard to execute****.
My first day of new training paces was what I would describe as a total and complete FAILURE. (I was going to say "FAIL" but I've been told by people MUCH cooler than I that saying FAIL is soooo 2009. FML)
On Tuesday, I had planned on running a 6 mile tempo run with 4 miles at tempo of 6:35. My miles ended up at: 6:33, 6:47, 7:32(!!??), 7:22. I basically threw in the towel after 2 miles of tempo. Suck. It just wasn't my day. I felt tired, honestly a bit bloated, and my legs were heavy. It probably didn't help that I got very cold (40 degrees! hehe) in shorts and a T-Shirt and could never warm back up. Lesson learned. Fortunately, Scott from Outside PR has the hookup with some sweet winter gear (more to come on that).
This morning's run was a LOT better - but still sort of bleh. I ran 5 miles at my new marathon pace of 7:27. Got the miles done, but there is NO way I could have held that for 26 miles. Not a chance at all.
BUT, after a week off of running after my last marathon of the year I'm back at it. And no matter how crappy the runs are, that is a good feeling!!
**Not to mention the fact that they have enough holes to not have to take them off while peeing!
***The more, the faster I am - obviously
****Same for jokes about pregnant women