Tuesday, July 3, 2007

T-minus 6

Today was my first official day of taper.  Besides teaching an ass-kicking spinning session (podcast will be available later this week), I did a low volume, high intensity session on the treadmill.

I wanted to keep it below 2 miles, so I did 1.5 in 15 minutes.

But I did the first mile at 8:40 pace.  Which is about a minute faster than my usual race pace.  It's about 40 seconds faster than my 80% effortst at the track.  And it's way, way faster than the pace at which I run my tempo sessions.  I won't even tell you how much faster.

Thing is, after that first hard mile, and then running some 1-2 minute intervals with walk breaks between, I felt great.  I didn't want to stop.  And, frankly, it's pretty unusual for me not to want to stop running; it's not my favorite thing to do.

What does this tell me?  It tells me that I could--and should--be working a lot harder, because I could be running much faster.  Have to keep that in mind as I get into my half marathon training in the next month or two.  I was planning to hit a 10:00/mile pace for the half.  But I think I should shoot for 9:30; I think to do less would be to underestimate my potential.

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