With less than 50 days until the Phoenix Marathon, I’m getting obsessed with my current pace.
FACT: It’s slower than where it needs to be.
I’ve already realized that dreams of nailing a 7-min. pace for 26.2 miles (on 2/28) isn’t going to happen, but I’m still driving hard to get that pace down. Right now, I’m doing my best to get it down in the 7:30 avg. range. There are good days and bad days, but all of them lead towards the bigger picture. I’ve been making sure to work in some hills (incline/decline) during my training and making every run count (quality over quantity).
Focusing on my long runs
On Thursday I tackled a 15.5 mile run with a focus on pace. I ran the first 7 miles at an 8:10 average and finished the last 8.5 at an 8:02 average. It was a solid negative-split run and I’m happy with the results, but it could have been stronger. I was averaging a 7:45 pace on that back-end until the last 3+ miles where my legs just bottomed out — Tuesday’s hills probably played a role.
I know not ALL of my runs are going to be on pace, after all, that’s what I’m building towards, but it’s feeling good to have a goal for each run. It’s a different approach for me and taking a break from racing is helping me to hone in on the details, rather than just hitting distances.
I’ve even taken steps to… wait for it… work on my pace on a treadmill. I know that a treadmill and the road are two separate things, but on days when I need some help keeping a consistent pace, I’ll look to the mill to help me out. I see you over there @RunEMZ, I see you.
As you can see, I’m pulling out all the options for the last 2 months and looking forward to the results.
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LAST CALL for Photos:
Next week I’ll be sharing a “Best Photos of 2014” post and am still looking for YOUR photos.
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What’s your best tip for keeping pace?