With just under 4 months before the BQ attempt it is time to begin getting used to running a 7:35 pace and that was the plan for tonight's 4 mile run. I was also going to be doing it in my Tempos to get them used to the pace too.
As you may have guessed though miles 1 and 4 were going to be easy miles to warm me up and cool me down so it was only going to be 2 at pace. But that is certainly enough for now.
Finally I was going to catch a break from the wind I've been dealing with on my weeknight runs as of late and it was overcast as well. Also after tossing the HRM in the washing machine as opposed to just rinsing it, I was willing to give it another shot.
So after an easy first mile I was ready to tear into it. While the goal was to do 2 miles at 7:35, I was really going to be happy if I could just keep a good pace up and keep it steady. This will be the first time in a while where I was going to be running fast where I wasn't going to be all out like my previous speedwork. This would be controlled speed; I hoped.
This first fast mile went well and it felt great to run at a faster clip where my lungs weren't on fire. While I still needed to push myself, I was in control and my legs were right there. When I hit the split and my watch read 7:51 I was satisfied with the result especially since my HR was still under 160 bpm.
As I got into fast mile 2 I saw a bunny run through a yard so I knew this next mile was going to be great. And it was. I had a good rhythm going and was still running strong too. Towards the end I began to feel a bit winded, which is to be expected but I kept plugging right along until I hit the 3 mile mark. This mile was indeed better than the last coming in at 7:39 but I was definitely ready for that cool down mile.
In all I was very satisfied with the way it went but looking back at it, I need to be more like a gazelle. While my pace was ok I wasn't as steady as it needs to be and it's going to take me a couple runs to get my pace dialed in I think. Still not bad for a first effort and Rome was not built in a day.
Will be back to easy miles tomorrow night with 7 on the schedule before a rest day on Friday. I've also got some time to use up in work so it's a day off which I plan on sleeping in for a change.