Monday, March 2, 2009
Today's scheduled run was 20 minutes at 6:50 pace on the treadmill. I ran a 20 minute warm up and then increased the speed to the perscribed 6:50 pace. I could tell it was a little too fast in the first minute or so and bumped it back down to 7 minute pace which was hard work, but a pace I thought I could hold for the whole 20 minutes. I ended up doing 21 minutes to make it a nice even 3 miles of tempo pace. It was hard work. 5 years ago(the last time I was regularly doing any sort of fast paced running) my tempo pace was 6:45 for 30 minute tempo runs. Right now I just can't hold that kind of pace. I'm hoping it will feel a little easier once the roads are clear and I can move my tempo runs outdoors. The treadmill is hard for me mentally, which adds a degree of difficulty to the workout. It was a good run today. I definitely feel like I put in a hard effort.