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.