September 12, 2013

tc 10 mile training update

Sorry I've been MIA this week. I've been exhausted this week, coming home after work and crashing. This morning's run was my first time running since Sunday. I know!

Anyway, this came in the mail on Monday.

The TC 10 Mile is a mere 24 days away and I'm having a heck of a time gauging where my fitness is. There are days when maintaining and 8 min/mile on a long run feels so hard, and other times the pace on my watch reads 7:3x and I feel like I'm barely working. The weather has played a role, no doubt. I hit another forty mile week last week and this week will be my highest week- 45 miles- before beginning to ease back down.
So what's a person to do when they want to test their fitness without wearing themselves out? Enter a race of a shorter distance.

On Saturday I'm going to run the 10k at race effort (though without a taper) to see if my legs have a sub 1:12 in them for the 10 mile (meaning I need to run around a 7:10 pace). With that as my goal, the McMillan Running Calculator tells me I should be able to run a 10k at 43:05 (a 6:56 pace). Honestly, that sounds impossible to me right now, and it very well might be. But often times my head gets in the way of my legs, so I figure I'll give it a shot. 

No matter what, I'll likely walk away with a new 10k PR.

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