The plan called for 1 hour with an HR under 132 bpm but I decided to forgo that and shut off the warnings. I was going to run naked for the first time in a long time; no HR, no splits, no pace, no nothing. Of course I was still going to track it but during the run itself I didn't want to know. I was going to go by feel. I didn't even care that it was over 100 and not a cloud in the sky.
Now I still did the easy warmup to bring the HR up gradually but after that I didn't look at my Garmin until the cool down. Once I hit that 1 mile mark I got into it. The goal was to run comfortably and when it was all over if I was anywhere in the neighborhood of 10 minute pace I would be happy as a clam.
It felt good for a change to go without being concerned about anything. The only time I looked at my watch was as I approached the 2.5 mile mark to see how close I was to the half way point. This gave me some idea of where I was pace wise but I wasn't worried about doing the math. I was enjoying the run.
I did start to fade a little not much after the 3 mile mark as I hit a long gentle incline but I was moving right along. I could feel my breathing getting heavier so instead of trying to push it I backed off a bit and finished out the mile. I finished off the run with a good cool down and since my HR was still on the high side with about 3 tenths until the end I decide to walk it down a bit sooner than normal.
So I bet you are wondering how I did? Here goes...
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Well it's certainly not BQ pace but I was quite surprised with the results based on my perceived effort. I was probably working a little too hard at the end as witnessed by the 168 bpm which was at the end of mile 4 but still not all that bad given that it was 100 degrees.
I love it when a run exceeds expectations and this may have been the glimmer of hope that I needed.
Tomorrow is a rest day and then it will be long run Saturday with a MAF test at the track on Sunday. It's starting to come together.
July total - 116.7 miles