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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