The day really flew by today being out of the cube farm in the morning and flying was the theme for the run tonight with the middle 2 miles of the scheduled 4 at 7:35 race pace.
Tonight was anther nice night for running; low 90s and overcast with a light breeze. It was even better when I saw a bunny scamper through the brush off the side of the road withing the first 100 feet. I knew it was going to be a good one.
I made sure to keep it slow and get up to temp but I was still a tick too quick at the very start. When the Garmin gave me the buzz at the 1 mile mark I was already moving along at a descent clip so it didn't take long until I reached the target pace.
Unlike last week where I seemed to have to push hard in the first mile, I felt a little more relaxed. The pace felt a bit easier as well but I missed my goal by 5 seconds. I can't complain though given that I was 11 seconds faster than last week with seemingly less effort and what probably kept it from being on point was the loss of focus a few times as I sped along.There was also another bunny sighting as well!
It was more of the same as I worked mile 3; smooth and strong where last week I was struggling somewhat toward the end. For a second I contemplated adding on another mile but it's too early in the cycle for that. There will be plenty more miles ahead and they don't all need to be run tonight. I closed out this mile at 7:31 which while good was a shade too fast. Still need to get my pacing down.
After a good cool down mile the run came to an end.
One of the things that BBW tried to feed me tonight was that if keeping this pace for 2 miles is this hard, doing it for 26.2 is damn near impossible. Now he may be right but when has that stopped me in the past? 2 1/2 years ago, running 4 miles nonstop was "impossible" when I failed on my first 2 attempts but I persisted.
Another "impossible" goal that I smashed was setting a 2 hour goal for my first half in January 2012 which I accomplished by almost 10 minutes. I also never thought I'd run a sub-20 5K but I did that just a year ago this week (I still think the course is short) so nothing is impossible. Plus, I have a 7:10 average half under my belt so BBW can KMA.
This goal of a 3:20 marathon may be a reach and it may be hard but it is in no way impossible. That's why I'll be back out tomorrow with 7 MAF miles .